The Minnesota Twins made an unfortunate, although not surprising, announcement Tuesday regarding the status of two popular annual events.

Both the Twins 2021 Winter Caravan and TwinsFest have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which shows no signs of going anywhere into January.  The Twins say the decision was made to protect the health and well being their fans, partners, players, staff, employees and communities.

“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,” said club President & CEO Dave St. Peter. “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. As we’ve all done so much in these unprecedented times, we will adapt. 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.”

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This will put an end to 60 consecutive years for the Twins Winter Caravan, which makes a stop in Duluth every year. TwinsFest originated in 1989 and is the largest annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.

The Twins plan on presenting fans with a series of specially-designed virtual experiences throughout the offseason and they will be announcing details in the coming weeks.