Pekarna's brats at Heimatfest

Brats from Pekarna Meat Market, moments before they were devoured in the 2019 brat eating contest.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday

Jordan's 2020 Heimatfest and Car Cruise is canceled due to COVID-19, event organizers announced last week.

The annual festival, celebrating the city's history of German heritage, is typically hosted in Lagoon Park every September and features a parade, fireworks, car cruise, the Miss Jordan coronation, Run of the Mill 5K, brat-eating and hammerschlagen contests, food vendors and other activities.

"We understand how disappointing this is," a July 14 Heimatfest statement said. "On the upside, we are exploring some alternative ways to celebrate our town, while keeping everyone safe in our community."

Heimatfest chairman David Holzer said the festival would not be able to get a permit under Gov. Tim Walz's executive order that limits outdoor gatherings to 250 people. This marks the first year without Heimatfest since 1985, when the even first started.

"Usually we're worried about weather, not viruses," Holzer said.

Heimatfest organizers plan to meet at the end of the month to determine if a virtual 5K, fireworks or other events can still be held.

In the meantime, event organizers announced the annual medallion hunt will still be held. Details regarding the Miss Jordan Ambassador program have yet to be announced.

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