WHATCOM ­— Usual summer activities of Everson, Nooksack and Sumas won’t happen in 2020.

  The  Everson-Nooksack Chamber of Commerce announced over the weekend that this year’s Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival in July is canceled due to COVID-19.

  This was the statement from chamber president Dan MacPhee: “Based in part on the recommendations from Governor Inslee and the Whatcom County Health Department and after careful consideration by the Chamber of Commerce officers, we believe this is in the best interest of the cities of Everson and Nooksack and our community. We recognize the impact and understand how much we all look forward to this every summer. The festival is always such a great community event that we enjoy putting on every year, but our first priority will always be the health and safety of our community and others who visit and enjoy our festival. Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy.”

  Sumas usually has Community Days with a car show, parade and fireworks at the end of June, and at least one Bull-a-Rama at the rodeo grounds later in the summer. “It will all have to wait until next year,” the Sumas Chamber of Commerce says.

  “We pray that you are all safe and healthy at this time. Remember we are all in this together.  Try to look for the good in all this craziness.”

  • The effort to have outdoor prayer at Lynden’s Bender Fields on National Day of Prayer May 7 has been canceled. With any questions, email planner Don Toler at wa.prayeralliance@gmx.com.

  • The 2020 Abbotsford International Airshow across the line in British Columbia is canceled for the first time since 1998. It would have been Aug. 7-9.

  • Also canceled is the Oktoberfest in Bellingham, usually in late September and benefiting the Opportunity Council, because brewers and sponsors for it are already impacted by COVID-19.