PORTLAND (WGME) — From summer homes to summer events, many Maine activities are up in the air due to COVID-19 . Organizers of summer events big and small are coming together to make those tough decisions. While some are canceling, others are holding out hope. “I think the biggest thing is the unknown,” Visit Portland President and CEO Lynn Tillotson said. Summer and fall months are the busiest in Maine, with out-of-state travel and locals coming together to enjoy their favorite longtime traditions. Right now, many organizers are forced to navigate different scenarios depending on what happens in the coming months. “Conversations are definitely happening, because again, everything is unknown, you know,” Tillotson said. This would have been the 55th year for the Yarmouth Clam Festival , which brings more than 80,000 visitors in. Organizers made the decision to cancel on Thursday. Other events like the summer concert series in Scarborough are still going on, at least for now. “This year the first show starts July 2,” Art Dillon of the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce said. “So we still have a few weeks. Maybe a month or so before we really have to start getting nervous.” Summer camps are another big industry in Maine. “Right now, camps are currently optimistic that they will open in some fashion this summer,” Maine Summer Camps Executive Director Ron Hall said. Maine Summer Camps represents 140 camps across the state, with more than 40,000 kids participating and more than 10,000 staff members. Camps start up in mid-June, and run through August. Right now, Director Ron Hall says kids need camp now more than ever. “Camp programs will help re-engage and have kids and socially connect them back to the outdoors and really prepare them for reentering school next fall,” Hall said. With a lot up in the air right now, many are trying to remain optimistic and hope there is still plenty to enjoy in the summer.

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