Editorial Roundtable: Which summer festivals will you miss?June 26, 2020 With most largescale events canceled this summer in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which summer festivals will you miss the most? Don Bricker, Chief Operating Officer For the moment, the festival I would miss the most has not been canceled, but I'm not feeling hopeful. I really enjoy Corn Fest in DeKalb. It offers a nice mix of the usual carnival-type fun along with a solid roster of entertainment. The Dixon Petunia Festival and Swedish Days in Geneva are also favorites, that have been canceled. The atmosphere at those events always made for a pleasant evening out with my wife and friends. I'm also going to miss the numerous "Taste of" events across the region. All provided a great opportunity to sample great food and various craft beers. There are also various small local concert series my wife and I really enjoyed that we are missing. As we get closer to the middle of summer, I am reminded how integral the fairs and festival are to the summer social scene, and the thing I miss most of all is how different the summer feels without them.Stacia Hahn, Chief Financial Officer The cancellation due to COVID-19 of the America's Cardboard Cup Regatta is probably one event that I am sad to see go. While I understand it is in the best interest of everyone's safety, it is hard to see this one not being held along with many more. Originally started in 1985 it has gotten bigger and more influential over the years. The creativity of the vessels including costumes of participants has gotten to be quite competitive. Individuals and businesses build life-sized boats of cardboard and race them at Crystal Lake Park District's Main Beach. The money raised has been able to help so many local charities such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, CASA, Home of the Sparrow, Family Health Partnership, and many more. I am sure not receiving those funds this year will create holes in many of their already tight budgets. Perhaps we can all think about making a donation to one of the charities given the absence of this annual traditional event. I am looking forward to next year and the return of this special event in 2021 along with many more.Jon Styf, Senior Editor The one event I will miss more than anything is Gavers Barndance, for a lot of reasons that go beyond a bottomless cup. Over the past few years, it’s been one of the few times that my wife and I have gotten out of the house to have fun. But it’s also a great cause as someone who, like so many, has lost close loved ones to cancer. When I was 21, I lost my best friend to leukemia and, three years ago, I lost my mom to cancer. When I was in college, I organized a benefit concert to raise money for the leukemia/lymphoma society. It was a pain and it didn’t raise much, so it gives me a ton of appreciation for what Steve Gavers and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation have been able to build. That night each year is simply meaningful in a lot of ways.Inger Koch, Lifestyle Editor I am hopeful that I won't be missing Corn Fest in DeKalb, but I have my doubts. As of this writing, it's still a go. Held in late August, it always signifies the end of summer for me and is a great time to enjoy some fantastic music and food with our friends. And who doesn't love free corn? A festival I will miss next weekend is the Fourth of July celebration at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. Our family for years has watched the fireworks from the park grounds while listening to the DeKalb Municipal Band play their patriotic tunes. While waiting for the dazzling display to start, we light a few sparklers, wait in line for the boy scouts' delicious funnel cakes and visit with people we haven't seen for awhile. I always leave the park with a great sense of community spirit. This Independence Day just won't be the same.