WORTHINGTON First the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival, followed by the International Festival.

And now, King Turkey Day.

The board of directors for Worthington's longest-running festival have made the decision to not host King Turkey Day this year, KTD President Jason Johnson announced in a social media post Tuesday night,

"After much consideration and discussion, the King Turkey Day board has decided to postpone this year’s festival due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic," Johnson said. "While we understand that not having the festival is frustrating to a community that would love a sense of normalcy, we need to think of the health and wellness of Worthington and the surrounding communities."

Johnson's statement noted that the festival would not take place in 2020, but that the board will "continue to plan events and fundraisers looking to the future." This year's 81st annual celebration was to have taken place Sept. 19-20.

Added Johnson: "Trust us when we say, we are as disappointed as anyone to make this decision. It takes a great deal of planning and work, along with all the great sponsors and supporters to make this the biggest and best festival in southwest Minnesota each year.

"Thank you all for understanding, and we’ll see you for more fun in 2021!!"