Oswego's PrairieFest community celebration, held annually on Father's Day weekend in June, will be postponed this year until Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 to 7, the Oswegoland Park District announced in a statement issued April 16.

The decision to delay the festival due to the continuing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is the result of a "lot of assessment" by park district officials as they worked to figure out the safest way and time to bring the community together, the statement reads.

The festival annually attracts thousands of area residents to PrairieFest Park located east of Route 71, just south of Oswego High School.

“We have spent the last month watching teachers and lunchroom attendants hand out meals to hungry families, neighbors decorate their windows for children on walks, and everyone with a sewing machine making masks for our frontline heroes. We were not built to let these acts go unrecognized,” said Kristie Vest, Oswegoland Park District Superintendent of Cultural Arts and Events, in the statement.

The statement continues: "PrairieFest promises funnel cakes, fried cheese, trampoline acts, touch-a-trucking, races, and a parade. There will be Windy City’s biggest carnival, terrific regional music, and Uncle Kracker on Saturday night. Look for concerts, events and activities to be announced in the coming months.

“Summer may not have started with PrairieFest this year, but we’re determined the season won’t end without it," Vest said.