SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 28, 2013

Unfavorable weather forces Scoop-Ahhh-Bowl cancellation

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Tomorrow’s scheduled Scoop-Ahhh-Bowl has been canceled due to the wet weather that has hung over Family Festival this week.

While the ice cream feast will not be held due to “poor field conditions,” the planned Endicott Park Day will go on, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Bill McKenzie, co-chairman of Danvers Family Festival.

Endicott Park Day, at Endicott Park on Forest Street, features cookie and chili contests, doll carriage and bicycle parades, rides, food, Danvers Recreation Department games, Shiyanne’s Tea Party and crafts. The Scoop-Ahhh-Bowl, which normally lasts from 1 to 3 p.m., has been canceled because the field where it is held needs time to drain and, most importantly, because of safety.

“If there are any safety issues, we will change (events) as we see fit,” McKenzie said. Organizers do not want vehicles to get stuck or people to become covered in mud attending an event.

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of Oldies Night on Wednesday. McKenzie said organizers were soaked trying to set up the stage and equipment and decided to move the event to Aug. 21, starting at 6 p.m. The threat of rain also forced the Danvers Rotary Concert last night to be moved from the Rotary Pavilion to the new Danvers High auditorium.

A few years ago, when Oldies Night was rained out and moved to late August, it became a welcome late-summer event that allowed kids to catch up with friends they had not seen all summer long, McKenzie said.

McKenzie said it’s tough to postpone or cancel events, because there are so many people involved in planning them. He said such decisions are not made lightly.

Organizers regularly update the events calendar at www.danversfamilyfestival.com to reflect any scheduling changes.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.