Virginia Department of Health investigating illness at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival

VDH is asking attendees to take a survey in order to investigate

Tens of thousands of people were supposed to be at VIR Raceway Sunday for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, but according to event organizers, it was canceled due to weather. (WSLS 10)

ALTON, Va. – The Southside Health District of the Virginia Department of Health is investigating complaints of a gastrointestinal illness in groups who attended the Blue Ridge Rock Festival.

The festival, which took place Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, was canceled two days early. Organizers said the cancellation was due to weather.

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Since then, 10 News has received hundreds of messages, citing concerns about unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

In a 10 News exclusive, we sat down with VIR President Kerrigan Smith, who said the cancellation was a result of the aftermath of Thursday and Friday’s storms.

[READ MORE: 10 NEWS EXCLUSIVE | Continued Blue Ridge Rock Fest fallout]

The festival took to social media Friday, issuing another statement on reasons behind the cancellation.

VDH is asking that attendees complete an online survey, to assist in the investigation of the illness. Attendees who didn’t get sick are encouraged to also complete the survey in order to evaluate the differences between both groups.

To complete the survey, click here.

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