LAKE TOMAHAWK - The saw chips are piled up near second base.
An eerie silence hangs over Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball field, one that will persist all summer.
"We're going to be criticized for it, but I have to look out for my workers, their family and their kids," said Snowhawks manager Jeff Smith.
Several town organizations decided in conjunction with the municipal government to cancel the 2020 snowshoe season.
The prospect of travel from outside the local area played heavily into the decision.
"You can almost bet that there's going to be someone from every state coming to see this," Smith said. "This little town, we have 500 to 1,000 people; on the fourth of July it's over 2,000, how are going to manage that?"
Gov.Tony Evers' Badger Bounce Back program restricts crowd size to less than 50 people until widespread immunity to COVID-19 develops.
Snowshoe baseball often draws at least 10 times that, not even counting the people that do everything from clean the park to sell tickets.
"I don't think people really understand what all goes into these games and what all kind of work is done," Smith said.
The Snowhawks are not the only ones impacted by this decision.
Lake Tomahawk's charities gets thousands of dollars from pie sales at games every year, while the whole town gets an identity.
"Everybody is really going to miss these events," said Connie Madden, the membership chair of the Lake Tomahawk Lions Club. "It's something that we're known for here in our small little town."
For this summer, Lake Tomahawk will have to wait until it's safe for snowshoes run on the field once more.
"There's no way that our spirit is going to be down because of this," Smith said. "We'll make up for it."