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story.lead_photo.caption Loafers enjoy a fried chicken lunch during Auxvasse Loafer's Week in 2020. This year's Loafer's Week has been postponed due to COVID-19. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

The 61st annual Auxvasse Loafer's Week has been postponed, longtime organizer Donal Knipp said.

Loafer's Week normally takes place each February during the week of Presidents Day in Auxvasse. Attendees may gather at Auxvasse Community Hall to play card games, dominoes and other board games. Free coffee, iced tea and peanuts are available all week for everyone who attends; a different organization prepares the noon meal each day.

"Due to the COVID-19 virus and safety of the participating groups, the Community Center group has decided to postpone the event until later in the year," Knipp wrote in an email. "The safety of attendees and groups furnishing the meal each day is a concern."

No alternate date has yet been set, though Knipp currently plans to reschedule, rather than cancel, the event.

The 61st Loafer's Week won't just have a new date — it'll have a new location, at the Auxvasse Comunity Center currently being constructed by the Auxvasse Lions Club on South Main Street in Auxvasse.

Loafer's Week began as a one-day event at the old Auxvasse grain elevator; friends gathered on their Presidents Day off to escape the cold and enjoy good company. It has since grown to a week-long celebration.

"People attend each year from all over central Missouri," Knipp said. "Loafer's Week is a homecoming for many people born and raised in Auxvasse (who) left for various reasons. Watch for the new date and come enjoy yourself and 'loaf' in Auxvasse."

For more information, call Donal Knipp at 573-386-5175.

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