Canton Blues Festival - Cancelled
2020 CANTON BLUES FEST CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
(Canton, Ohio - May 4, 2020) The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce regrets to announce that the 19th Annual Canton Blues Fest has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canton Blues Fest, which draws 8,000-10,000 people annually from 12 states and Canada, was scheduled for June 5-6 in downtown Canton. However, due to a multitude of safety concerns, as well as growing uncertainty on whether the prohibition of mass gatherings will be lifted in time by the State of Ohio, festival organizers felt compelled to cancel the event.
“Our top concern is the safety of all those involved in our Blues Fest, including the talent, festival goers, staff, vendors and volunteers. It's incredibly disappointing to cancel one of the premier free blues fests in the country, but public health and compliance must come first,” said Denny Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"Our outdoor summer festival has weathered a number of storms through the years, from torrential downpours to 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts, and still the show has gone on. But this 'invisible storm' has proved to be the most challenging of all," he added.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support and understanding from the performers, sponsors, volunteers and all those involved in producing our Blues Fest," said Joanne Murray, vice president of community events and sponsorships for the Chamber. "We are already turning our efforts to producing the best and biggest festival in 2021."
For more information on the Canton Blues Fest, contact Andrea Hartman, event manager, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 330.458.2054.