The Minnesota Twins announced the official cancellation of both the 2021 Winter Caravan and TwinsFest, both typically held in late January, on Tuesday morning, Nov. 17, due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Twins have been holding the Winter Caravan, in which players, coaches and alumni travel across the Upper Midwest to connect with fans, annually for the past 60 years. TwinsFest, a weekend event at Target Field, has been held since 1989.
“An offseason without our longstanding and beloved fan events is certainly tough to digest, but our top priority is, and always will be, the health and safety of Twins Territory,” Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said in a release. “With COVID-19 certain to be present at some level in January 2021, we feel it is the prudent, responsible and correct decision to cancel our events that would have otherwise brought together large groups of people in confined, indoor spaces.”
The move comes after the Twins already shifted the Diamond Awards, their annual charity dinner which is held immediately before TwinsFest and after the Winter Caravan, to December and converted it to an online event.
To make up for the lost opportunity, the Twins will be designing virtual experiences to help connect fans with players, coaches and alumni. They will announce more details in the upcoming weeks.
“As we’ve all done so much in these unprecedented times, we will adapt,” St. Peter said in the release. “We’re excited to roll out some unique, fun ways for Twins fans to safely engage with the back-to-back American League Central champions this winter, and we’re already looking forward to the 2022 return of Winter Caravan and TwinsFest.”