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Blue Ridge Country Festival is no longer happening this weekend due to COVID-19

Festival is citing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the cancellation

The venue for this festival is at the same site as this month’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival, the Blue Ridge Amphitheater.
The venue for this festival is at the same site as this month’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival, the Blue Ridge Amphitheater.

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Just four days before the Blue Ridge Country Festival was set to happen, it has been postponed.

The festival has been postponed from October 1-3 of this year until May 13-15 of next year, according to an email sent to those who purchased festival tickets.

While the email to ticketholders was sent shortly before 5 p.m., as of 6:30 p.m., the Festival has yet to issue any public statement or update its website to reflect the postponement.

For those who purchased tickets, if you’d like a refund, you can email info@blueridgecountryfest.com within the next 30 days.

For those who purchased tickets and would like to attend the rescheduled event the following three things will happen:

  1. Every ticket holder will be given a free 3-Day Pass for the rescheduled date
  2. As well as a complimentary item of Blue Ridge Country Festival Official Merchandise!
  3. You’ll have secured your items for the lowest prices possible, as pricing on all will increase as the festival claims additional notable artists and experiences to the new dates in May

10 News has reached out to Pittsylvania County about the event and has not yet heard anything back.

The Blue Ridge Country Festival commented the following statement under a Facebook post about the event’s lineup:

While unfortunately we did in fact have to postpone Blue Ridge Country Festival until May 2022, we wanted to address the biggest concern that we have seen which is why we waited to officially announce postponement when rumors began days ago. Simply put, when the postponement of an event occurs there are a lot of necessary channels that we must go through. We did not know until the evening of Friday September 24 that the festival would ultimately not be able to take place. Throughout the weekend, we did our best to communicate what was happening through the aforementioned channels so that we could quickly relay the news of the postponement to you. A huge priority for us was to be able to secure the artists for the new festival dates as well as potentially add artists and create an even bigger lineup. Thankfully, we were able to accomplish this.

The venue for this festival is at the same site as this month’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival, the Blue Ridge Amphitheater.

[Thousands of Blue Ridge Rock Festival goers call event complete chaos]

While some fans were glad to have attended, many complained about the lack of promised ADA facilities, transportation and camping.

Those who were supposed to attend, like Anneliese Garcia, say they wish they had more notice and organization about the decision.

“We could’ve shown up, and just thinking about how other people are coming from different states and they’ve already been here waiting, its just kind of soon for them to be waiting here announcing it.,” Anneliese Garcia said.

Jon Slye, CEO of both the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Blue Ridge Country Festival, posted this message days after the Rock Festival:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT Good Evening, My name is Jon Slye, CEO of Blue Ridge Rock Festival. There is a lot to address, so I...

Posted by Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Friday, September 17, 2021

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