Amelia Earhart Concert in the Sky

The Amelia Earhart Festival has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Amelia Earhart Committee has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival, scheduled for July 16-17.

“In light of the continuing threat of COVID-19 virus and variants, it is with regret that the committee has canceled this year’s Amelia Earhart Festival scheduled for July 16 & 17,” according to a news release from Jacque Pregont, AE Festival Coordinator. “The safety and well-being of volunteers and all who would attend are the highest priority.”

Pregont stated that even with the added vaccine, herd immunity is not expected before the end of summer or early fall and there remains substantial uncertainty that holding large scale events such as concerts, carnivals, and fireworks shows, which the Amelia Earhart festival is known for, would be permitted or advisable by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and/or Atchison County this summer.

The Amelia Earhart Festival is a massive team effort of volunteers, vendors, performers, government agencies, etc. often traveling great distances to come to Atchison.

“With so many layers of permitting and coordination required so far in advance of the festival events, there is just too much risk (health, financial, logistics) to proceed this year,” according to the news release.

The committee will begin planning to return in July 2022 with an outstanding celebration of Atchison’s famous aviatrix.

If you have questions, please direct them to Jacque Pregont, AE Festival Coordinator at

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Hmmm....not sure where this information is coming from...CNN, CDC and others report differently:

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 83 million people in the United States had Covid-19 by the end of 2020, putting the nation about a third of the way to herd immunity, the point at which enough people are protected against a disease so that it cannot spread through the population. If the pace of vaccinations continues at the current rate, the country could approach herd immunity through a combination of natural immunity and vaccination around June."

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