The popular annual Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown will look differently in 2020. Organizers are making arrangements to continue some events in September with new health and safety precautions and push other festivities to spring 2021.
Celebrating its 51st year, Gaslight Festival is one of the oldest and largest yearly festivals in the region drawing thousands of visitors over several days. Keeping this important local traditional alive in a safe and healthy way was important to organizers, exhibitors and participants.
Due to the potential spread of COVID-19, Gaslight Festival events like the Balloon Glow, 5K and Golf Scramble will shift to more socially-distant set-ups to ensure health and safety. Details will be released at a later date but a virtual version of the 5K and potential drive-thru option to see the balloons are in the works.
“Gaslight Festival is an incredibly important part of Jtown’s heritage and history, and we are committed to keeping it alive,” said Deana Epperly Karem, president and CEO of The Chamber Jeffersontown. “However, the safety of our citizens and guests is the most important factor. Gaslight Festival will look different this year, but it will go on and allow our community to celebrate its unique character. And we look forward to a time when we can physically come back together to celebrate business, community and relationships.”
The Chamber Jeffersontown is a membership organization representing nearly 1,100 businesses. Programs and services of the Jtown Chamber are meant to offer networking opportunities, develop individuals as professionals and build a community of business leaders positively impacting the economy.
Gaslight Festival is an important fundraiser for the Jtown Chamber and offers booths showcasing local business, arts and crafts, and many other lifestyle amenities of life the city of Jeffersontown.