Each summer, Green Lake is flooded with events that bring the community together and boost local business.

But this summer's schedule of events will look very different in an effort to keep everyone safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

To better plan this year's events, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (GLACC) hosted a meeting between the city's event planners last week Wednesday.

The meeting's purpose was to discuss best practices for keeping everyone safe over the coming months, as well as provide updates about canceled or rescheduled events.

Notably, the Green Lake Rotary has canceled all of its events this summer, including the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Championship in Green Lake.

In addition, the Freeland Film Festival is discussing converting to a virtual film festival to avoid having large crowds.

Festival Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster noted the organization is looking into keeping some of the panels in Green Lake.

“It still puts Green Lake on the map, it still is bringing people here virtually,” Galster said of a virtual film festival.

Meanwhile, GLACC still is working out the logistics of this year's Fourth of July celebration and concerts in the park.

Green Lake County Health Officer Kathy Munsey attended the meeting to provide updates on the county's testing and contact tracing efforts, as well as tips for hosting summer events.

For more information on the tips Munsey provided, see the story in the May 28, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.