UPDATE: Pittsylvania County officials say Blue Ridge Country Festival postponed until May 2022 after permits rescinded


UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Pittsylvania County officials announced that the seven-month postponement of the Blue Ridge Country Festival was the result of organizers not providing certain documentation for permits because of coronavirus-related concerns.

You can read the full announcement from Pittsylvania County administration below:

As has been widely reported, the Blue Ridge Country Festival, which was scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed until 2022. During a special called meeting in June, the Board of Supervisors had approved the issuance of a permit for the Blue Ridge Country Festival. This application was approved with conditions around Purpose Driven Events, the company operating the Blue Ridge Ampitheater in Blairs, providing proper plans and final documentation for areas like traffic, parking, camping, and security, among other things. However, those final documents were never provided, Purpose Driven Events never paid the required permit fee, and an actual permit for the event was never officially issued.

Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman, after consulting with officials including the Pittsylvania County Sheriff, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, VDOT and other regulatory agencies, sent a letter to Purpose Driven Events on Tuesday, September 21 stating that the festival permits were rescinded until updated and complete plans were submitted to the proper agencies. That letter offered Purpose Driven Events several steps to complete by Thursday, September 23 if they wished to move forward with planning their event and obtaining an official permit.

On Thursday, the event promoter informed Pittsylvania County that it was highly likely that the event would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and said that, as a result, he would not move forward with providing the requested documentation. The next day, the event promoter informed Pittsylvania County that he was working with artists and other parties to make a formal postponement announcement, which was released to ticketholders on Monday and the general public today.

The Chatham Star Tribune reported that, according to Pittsylvania County and the Health Department, the event organizers provided verifiably false reason as to why the event was canceled. That is incorrect. While the permits for the festival were rescinded, the event promotors stayed in consistent contact with the County and were transparent that COVID implications would likely require postponement of the event. The requested documentation was not provided due to these COVID related concerns.

Caleb K. Ayers, public relations manager for Pittsylvania County

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, this weekend’s Blue Ridge Country Festival in Danville has been delayed until spring 2022.

This news comes just a few weeks after more than 30,000 people descended upon the Blue Ridge Amphitheater on the border of Danville and Pittsylvania County for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival.

According to the Blue Ridge Country Festival website, the festival — which was originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater — has been postponed until May 13-15, 2022.

Organizers say that people who planned to attend the country festival this weekend will have their tickets, camping, and lockers automatically rolled over to the delayed dates. They will also receive extra perks as a show of appreciation for their patience.

However, if you cannot attend the festival next May, just email info@blueridgecountryfest.com within the next 30 days to receive a full refund.

You can read the full statement published on the Blue Ridge Country Festival website below:

At the request of local health officials, Blue Ridge Country Festival slated for October 1st-3rd 2021 will be postponed to May 13th-15th, 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your continued support of the festival and look forward to an incredible first annual event in 2022!

Your tickets, parking, camping, and lockers are automatically rolled over to the new 2022 dates. In addition, due to the unfortunate postponement, we were able to secure a few amenities as a small way to say thank you to each of you for your patience through this difficult delay:

1) We are excited to provide every ticket order with a FREE 3-Day Pass for the rescheduled date just to thank you for your support.
2) In addition to the FREE 3-Day Pass, you will receive a complimentary item of Blue Ridge Country Festival Official Merchandise!
3) Lastly, by rolling over your passes with us, you have secure your items for the lowest prices possible, as pricing on all will increase. This is due to the fact that we are excited to announce that additional notable artists and experiences to the new dates in May – on top of what is already scheduled!

If you would like to rollover your purchases to 2022, as well as accept all of the perks outlined above, you do not have to do anything. All orders will be automatically rolled over to the rescheduled date, unless you are unable to make the new date.

If you cannot attend the new dates of May 13th-15th 2022, you can receive a full refund by emailing info@blueridgecountryfest.com within the next 30 days.

Blue Ridge Country Festival website

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