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Bonnaroo organizers cancel 2021 pageant

MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) – Bonnaroo organizers introduced Tuesday the 2021 music pageant has been canceled due to extreme rainfall obtained as a part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

“It was going to be my first one. I’ve by no means been. I used to be so excited,” Sia Powers who was planning to attend Bonnaroo stated. 

Sia and Jonas Powers will now have to attend till 2022. The couple drove in from upstate New York just a few days in the past. 

“It actually goes with the vibe of the final yr and a half, the final two years. It is simply type of like, okay, yeah, one other factor. Is smart,” Jonas Powers stated.

“We’re completely heartbroken to announce that we should cancel Bonnaroo,” occasion organizers stated in a social media submit. “Whereas this weekend’s climate appears to be like excellent, at the moment Centeroo is waterlogged in lots of areas, the bottom is extremely saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the purpose that we’re unable to drive in or park autos safely.

“We now have finished every thing in our energy to maintain the present shifting ahead, however Mom Nature has dealt us an incredible quantity of rain over the previous 24 hours, and we have now run out of choices to attempt to make the occasion occur safely and in a approach that lives as much as the Bonnaroo expertise.”

“Greater than the monetary impression, it is simply the protection of the residents that have been coming right here,” Marilyn Howard, Mayor of Manchester stated. 

Numbers given to News4 from town stated the pageant brings in round $1.2 million in gross sales taxes to Espresso County. That makes up a couple of quarter of the county’s gross sales tax cash for the yr. 

Mayor Howard shared what she informed organizers after the decision had been made to cancel. 

“I am unhappy, however I honor your name,” Mayor Howard stated.

For pageant goers like Powers, he is taking advantage of his journey. 

“We search for whoever is having the get together as a substitute, principally,” Powers stated.

Bonnaroo officers stated, “We’ll see you on the farm in June 2022.” The organizers additionally urged ticketholders to “discover methods to soundly collect together with your Bonnaroo group and proceed to radiate positivity throughout this disappointing time.”

All tickets bought by way of Entrance Gate Tickets shall be refunded in as little as 30 days to the unique methodology of fee.

Pageant organizers introduced Monday that tenting capability on the farm can be lowered due to anticipated rainfall and supplied refunds for tickets and lodging to anybody who needed.

Tickets for 2021 won’t be rolled over to 2022 and refunds shall be issued, in response to Bonnaroo’s web site. Bonnaroo allowed ticket holder to roll over tickets bought for 2020 to this yr’s pageant.

Bonnaroo introduced Monday that with the expectation of great rain from Hurricane Ida, that the music pageant shall be decreasing tenting capability on the annual music pageant.

That is the second straight yr the pageant has been canceled. The 2020 occasion was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This yr’s pageant was delayed till this weekend from its ordinary June dates due to the pandemic.

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