By Shereen Siewert

All downtown events for the annual Tomahawk Fall Ride are canceled for 2020, event organizers announced this week, though some local businesses are moving ahead with plans to host attendees as usual.

“The downtown events are not happening in 2020,” Tomahawk Fall Ride announced in a Facebook post. “The Main Street organization took over this event this year and have been fighting to make it happen. But after much public discussion it is just not possible. Other area events are still planning to have events.”

Then on Tuesday, Tomahawk Main Street posted a notice on Facebook announcing that TMS events for the Fall Ride, Sept. 17-20, are also canceled. TMS cited the uncertainty of COVID-19 in the organization’s decision process, but said the group will continue to support the many local businesses that will host their own events.

The annual Fall Ride attracts more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and other visitors to the area each September and is the largest local fundraiser in north central Wisconsin for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is billed as the largest annual motorcycle rally in the Midwest.

But the MDA in June already pulled its involvement from the 2020 event due to the ongoing pandemic.

“With the uncertainty of what is to come with COVID-19 we simply cannot risk the responsibility of any illnesses for our guests, customers and MDA clients,” wrote MDA Executive Director Murphy Maes.

This year would have marked the 39th year for the MDA event.