The Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest has been canceled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

"We do not feel confident that we could hold a contest that would ensure the safety of all our contestants, family members and volunteers," organizers said in a news release. "Bringing 300+ people onto the city pier and peninsula would put everyone elbow to elbow. if any person were to become infected due to our contest, we would not be able to live with ourselves.

"We really hope that everyone understands why we have to do this. Whether you agree or not with the world situation, we just can’t risk the lives and health of our guests or volunteers," the news release said.

Organizers said the event will return in 2021 if the situation is under control. The group is still accepting donations to continue the contest in 2021 at P.O. Box 103, Hackensack, MN 56452. Donations will also fund continuing expenses like web hosting and securing materials.