People who were looking forward to Summer on the Square this month in Downtown El Dorado will have to wait a little longer.

Main Street El Dorado recently announced that its summer activities — which include Grill Wars Steak competition and Music on the Square with live bands— have been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A plan for the July 25 installment of Summer on the Square had been approved by the Arkansas Health Department but after further consideration amid reports of a spike in COVID-19 cases, Main Street El Dorado decided to postpone the event until August.

"With the uncertainties that come with COVID, we wanted to be ultra-conservative. Even though we had a plan with the Arkansas Health Department, we have a great number cooking teams that were mostly coming from out of state and we wanted to be prudent," said Greg Withrow, president of the Main Street El Dorado board of directors.

"Hopefully, by August, things will have settled down with COVID and we can do our event and do it safely."

Withrow explained. Withrow promised that the August presentation of Summer on the Square will bring the same level of fun and the same safety measures that had been set for July.

For more information or to register for August Grill Wars, call the Main Street El Dorado office at 870-862-4747. Also, visit www.mainstreeteldorado.org or the Main Street El Dorado Facebook page.