Nickel Days is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the second year in a row, it was announced April 30.
“The health and safety of our volunteers, fairgoers, vendors, performers and communities is our utmost priority and therefore regretfully the Nickel Days Board of Directors must make the decision to cancel the 2021 event,” said a posting on the Nickel Days Facebook page. “We are very much looking forward to planning the 50th Nickel Days event in June 2022.”
The four-day event, which includes the National King Miner Contest, dates back to 1970, the year Thompson was elevated from town to city status.
In addition to the King Miner contest, which pits competitors against each other in timed events based on traditional mining skills, the annual event also includes a Saturday night social with an out-of-town band – in 2019 it was The Watchmen – the Lions Club parade, midway rides and games, a slo-pitch tournament and many other musical performances and activities.