Virtual “Good Neighbor Fest Week” Events Unveiled

Middleton area residents—and anyone online—will still be able to celebrate the community’s annual Good Neighbor Festival in late August during “Good Neighbor Fest Week,” scheduled to run August 24-30.  

“The reports of the demise of the 2020 Good Neighbor Festival are greatly exaggerated,” according to Festival President Mark Opitz. “As promised in June, when we sadly announced the cancellation of the annual in-person event, we have remained committed to the vision of celebrating good neighbors and supporting our non-profit trustee organizations that make such a positive impact on the Middleton community.”

One of the Festival’s most popular annual events, the 5K Run/Walk, will be held virtually this year. Registered participants can run or walk the route at any time during Good Neighbor Fest week, receive a race t-shirt, and be eligible to win door prizes upon submitting their completion time. Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under, and is now open at  

Other announced events include a scavenger hunt, a virtual storytime and performance by James the Magician, a Middleton’s Got Talent contest, Expressively You Caricatures, a Restaurant Week featuring specials at Middleton establishments, a silent auction, and a “pun slam” contest centered on humorous word play as evoked by the 2020 festival theme.

The annual Good Neighbor Awards will also remain a prominent component of the festival. “Now more than ever, as we work together to overcome the serious challenges facing our community and the world around us, we should take a moment to recognize some of the amazing Middleton residents whose contributions to their neighbors and to the community at large help the city live up to its moniker,” said Opitz. An online nomination form is available at, the deadline to submit a nomination is August 10.

Willy Street Co-op will serve as presenting sponsor of the event. The Festival is actively seeking additional sponsors and silent auction items for the silent auction, with the goal of replacing some of the income that the non-profit trustee organizations rely upon from the annual Festival, and use in service of the community. Good neighbors and businesses interested in contributing should email the planning committee at  
Visit for additional, up-to-date information and to learn more about the Festival’s trustee organizations and how to help support their non-profit missions.