Sand Springs’ spring events calendar is getting sparser as officials cancel and postpone events due to concern over the coronavirus.
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Sand Springs has postponed its annual Army of Stars Banquet, scheduled for Thursday at HillSpring Church, 8801 W 41st Street.
The Army of Stars Banquet typically draws about 200 people, and is “postponed for now,” explained Kristen Cepak, Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce president.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control discourage gatherings of more than 50 people.
The city has canceled its Herbal Affair celebration for the first time since the event’s beginning 31 years ago.
Scheduled for April 18, the Herbal Affair typically draws 20,000 to 25,000 visitors to Sand Springs’ downtown and is the state’s largest and longest-running outdoor celebration of herbs and gardening.
“It’s sad for us because people know the city of Sand Springs as the ‘herbal-affair town’ and we hate to cancel, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Grant Gerondale, Sand Springs events manager.
“We’re following Tulsa Health Department guidelines to disband large events,” Gerondale said.
All Chamber meetings and gatherings scheduled for the month of April are canceled, Cepak said, but no decision has been made about May meetings and gatherings.
“We’re trying not to make too many calls too early, (in case) this (coronavirus pandemic) gets better,” she said.