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    Country Jam canceled for 2020; tickets can be transferred or refunded

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    Country Jam, the four-day festival that has been enjoyed by many Moab residents and the broader Grand Junction area, has been canceled this summer. It has been dubbed the biggest annual country music party in Colorado, held on the grassy fields near the Mack/Loma off-ramp from Interstate 70.

    The Mack festival had been scheduled for June 18-21. Starting May 1, people who had purchased tickets could request a refund or transfer their tickets to next year, according to the festival’s website.

    The Mesa County Public Health Department has a pending “safer-at-home” order that would ban large gatherings until July 1 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a story in the Grand Junction Sentinel. That order gave event organizers no options for this year’s festival to be held as planned.

    “Obviously, there’s a huge economic impact with Country Jam. This is up to $11 million of economic impact that we won’t see,” said Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce President Diane Schwenke in a statement to the Sentinel. “On the other hand, however, up to 75% of participants who come to Country Jam come from outside of Mesa County. At a time when we’re still in a pretty fragile state with regard to this pandemic, having so many people come from outside of our area to a major festival could have opened us up to significant risk from a health perspective.”

    All ticket refund requests must be submitted by May 30.

    This year’s festival would have featured country stars including Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith. Next year’s event is scheduled for June 17-20.

    “We always want to stay true to the core spirit of our events, and given the current factors at play, we didn’t see a path forward to producing the festival you all know and love,” festival organizers said in an online statement.

    Tickets transferred to next year’s festival will ensure each customer the same seat and campsite they had reserved for this year. Those who transfer their tickets to next year will receive camping passes for no extra cost.

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