Tater Day photo

A tractor parade was part of the most recent Tater Day in 2019. That marked the 173rd annual parade, but due to the pandemic the event has been cancelled the past two years.

Tater Day is again postponed.

The City of Benton announced on its Facebook page Friday thatlocal government leaders and the Kiwanis Club decided to cancel the local festival for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the city said 30,000 people were likely to visit Benton the week of the April event, which would not have been safe for residents amid the pandemic.

“It just doesn’t make good sense to bring so many folks from out of town here when our COVID numbers are just starting to go down some,” according to the city’s announcement.

Despite the cancellation of Tater Day, officials said it does have “some good things planned for the later summer months if our numbers continue to stay low and more people get vaccinated.”