For 50 years, Jeffersontown’s Gaslight Festival has attracted crowds as large as 200,000 people – but leaders made adjustments in order to continue the tradition amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Mayor Bill Dieruf said Monday morning that the annual festival brings together former classmates, neighbors, families and friends.He said city leaders worked with the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce over the last few months to hammer out a plan.“We’ve tried everything from fencing to testing to whatever we have to do to make it safe because we don’t want anybody to walk away from this with COVID,” Dieruf stated.The Gaslight Golf Scramble took place Monday morning, but some events have been dropped.“The biggest change this year is we’re not having the festival weekend, which is the part of the festival where we have all of the exhibitors,” said Deana Epperly Karem, the president of the chamber.“Our parade, which is usually on Thursday, is now a blood drive and COVID antibody testing event at our Jeffersonian community center,” Karem added.The Gaslight 5K Walk and Run was moved online this year. Participants could log their miles any time between Sept 9-15.The Gaslight Balloon Glow, a well-attended event in the past, will have a much different set up.The Friday, Sept. 18 event will be set up as a drive-thru at Papa Johns Headquarters.Tickets are $10 per car and can be picked up where the drive-thru begins, which is at Indiana Wesleyan University at 1500 Alliant Ave.Organizers of the socially-distant festival are urging people to participate by eating at restaurants in Jtown square.Several restaurants downtown have put together a gaslight special for visitors.“This pandemic has impacted the hospitality network more than probably any other industry,” Karem said.For more information, click here.

For 50 years, Jeffersontown’s Gaslight Festival has attracted crowds as large as 200,000 people – but leaders made adjustments in order to continue the tradition amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bill Dieruf said Monday morning that the annual festival brings together former classmates, neighbors, families and friends.

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He said city leaders worked with the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce over the last few months to hammer out a plan.

“We’ve tried everything from fencing to testing to whatever we have to do to make it safe because we don’t want anybody to walk away from this with COVID,” Dieruf stated.

The Gaslight Golf Scramble took place Monday morning, but some events have been dropped.

“The biggest change this year is we’re not having the festival weekend, which is the part of the festival where we have all of the exhibitors,” said Deana Epperly Karem, the president of the chamber.

“Our parade, which is usually on Thursday, is now a blood drive and COVID antibody testing event at our Jeffersonian community center,” Karem added.

The Gaslight 5K Walk and Run was moved online this year. Participants could log their miles any time between Sept 9-15.

The Gaslight Balloon Glow, a well-attended event in the past, will have a much different set up.

The Friday, Sept. 18 event will be set up as a drive-thru at Papa Johns Headquarters.

Tickets are $10 per car and can be picked up where the drive-thru begins, which is at Indiana Wesleyan University at 1500 Alliant Ave.

Organizers of the socially-distant festival are urging people to participate by eating at restaurants in Jtown square.

Several restaurants downtown have put together a gaslight special for visitors.

“This pandemic has impacted the hospitality network more than probably any other industry,” Karem said.

For more information, click here.

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