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No Dauphin Countryfest for a second straight year

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: April 7, 2021 10:06

Organizers cite ongoing issues related to the pandemic

Image - Dauphin Countryfest pre-COVID-19

Dauphin's Countryfest has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 festival to 2022 after consulting with provincial officials.

"Planning the festival takes well over a year from preparing the site to be home to over 10,000 patrons to coordinating over 1300 volunteers” said President Ann Ransom. “The uncertainty of the right COVID-19 protocols to have in place to ensure the safety of festival goers, just leaves us with no choice but to hold off on welcoming everyone back to the hill this summer."

"Dauphin’s Countryfest has a significant economic impact to the business and volunteer community. We have a responsibility to Dauphin, and the surrounding communities, to bring the festival back in 2022." said Ransom. "The board and staff are excitedly making big plans for July 1 – 3, 2022." 

General Manager Rob Waloschuk said "Although this isn’t the news anyone wants to hear, we are taking the opportunity to refresh the festival for 2022" adding some exciting changes are being planned.

Waloschuk said they will continue to work with the province and health authorities and are confident live music events will be a reality soon. "While there may not be a festival as we know it this year, we are currently planning on presenting some smaller scale ‘Covid Safe’ events throughout the summer, all based on public health guidelines," said Waloschuk.

He also said the 2022 lineup is in the works, and fans will be happy to know that Johnny Reid has reconfirmed for next years’ festival. Incentives for patrons that leave their tickets in for 2022 include an exclusive performance by Corb Lund, among others.

Details on all ticket processes and more exclusive incentives will be going out via email directly to all ticket holders in the next week to ten days.

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