REED CITY -- The Reed City Great American Crossroads Celebration 2020, scheduled for the weekend of August 13 through 16, is canceled.

"The permits and licenses provided to the GACC required the district to be at a level 5, and it is clear our state government is moving in the opposite direction," read a post on the GACC Facebook page.

The Great American Crossroads Celebration committee had spent a lot of time planning a celebration that they hoped would be bigger and better than ever before, the post said. It was the intent of the committee to hold the event together despite the many cancellations happening around the state, but it was not possible given the current circumstances.

At a Reed City city council meeting in June, GACC committee member Amber Hutchinson told the council they were proceeding forward with the celebration, looking at all the safety measures and determining how they could proceed with them in place.

An online poll indicated that 90 percent of the respondents wanted to see the celebration take place, she said.

"We think our community, and our local businesses need this," Hutchinson said at the time. "We are trying really hard to make sure we can do it safely and within the boundaries set forth in the executive orders."

With the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Osceola County, which has gone from 36 to 52 in just a few days, it is unlikely the county will move out of phase four and into phase five of the reopening plan any time soon.

After considering all the various aspects, it was agreed that they should cancel the event, a committee member told the Herald in an email.

The softball tournament is still undecided.

The 5K run/walk will still take place as a virtual event. Participants will run the race on their own. All the proceeds will go to support the Reed City High School cross country team.

If you signed up for and event, someone from the committee will be contacting you.

More information can be found on the GACC Facebook page, or at gaccreedcity.org.