Country Fest

Bethany Hill of Reedsburg took a photo of a group at Country Fest near Cadott during the festival in June 2019. Chippewa Valley Music Festivals says both Country Fest and Rock Fest will go on as scheduled this year.

Another major area music festival has gone by the wayside for the 2020 summer season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers of Country Fest near Cadott announced Friday that the festival slated for August will be canceled. Country Fest had already been moved from its traditional June dates in an attempt to get the festival in this year.

“Country Fest organizers have been pushing through to make our August 2020 festival happen,” organizers said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this is an uphill battle that we just can’t win.”

Organizers said they created extensive safety guidelines based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, and looked to entities such as Walt Disney World and the Las Vegas Strip for additional measures that could be enacted to host Country Fest in August.

“We had all hands on deck to prepare the festival grounds for new safety measures to make it a great experience for all who would choose to attend,” organizers said in the statement.

“Country Fest has done due diligence in offering refunds or ticket transfers to those with underlying conditions or to people who felt unsafe or uncomfortable with attending our festival in 2020,” the statement said.

After meeting with Country Fest organizers this week, Chippewa County decided not to approve the festival’s event permits for August 2020.

“Even though the Chippewa Valley has seen low case numbers of COVID-19, the decision was based on the uncertainty of what August will bring,” festival organizers said.

Country Fest organizers said they plan to bring back all 2020 acts for next year’s festival June 24-26, 2021.

“Our 2020 headliners are working on their routing now for our June 2021 festival,” organizers said.

The tickets and campsites purchased for 2020 will automatically roll over to the 2021 Country Fest.

Organizers said fans can request a refund if they are unable to attend the June 2021 dates.

Rock Fest near Cadott and Country Jam in Eau Claire also canceled their 2020 music festivals within the past two weeks.

Fairfax Pool closed for summer

The Eau Claire Parks & Recreation Department announced Friday that the Fairfax Pool will not open this year due to COVID-19. Opening of the pool was already delayed because of repairs.

A decision on whether the Chippewa Falls’ municipal pool will open this season won’t be made until mid-June, said Dick Hebert, the Chippewa Falls parks director. He said even if the decision is made to open, it will take two weeks to fill the pool and get proper chlorine levels, so the earliest it would open is early July.

Menomonie officials said they will be meeting next week to discuss if they will open their city pool this year.

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