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Major Country Music Festival Cancelled For First Time In 30 Years

Major Country Music Festival Cancelled For First Time In 30 Years | Country Music Videos
Photo credit: Michael Holahan via The Augusta Chronicle

Say it ain't so!

For the past 30 years, country music fans have flocked to Augusta, Georgia for the country music festival A Day In The Country.

Always held on the first Sunday in May, this year's festival, which was scheduled for May 1st, has been cancelled, according to The Augusta Chronicle.

"We haven't been successful this year in securing the right top artists in our price range," organizer Elizabeth Oakley Norris said. "Even brand new artists are charging huge prices.

Norris has been producing the festival since its first one in 1986.

Norris says that this year's cancellation does not mean there isn't hope for the future festivals. 

She also revealed that just talent alone would cost around $70,000, whereas they normally hire all their musicians for $12,000. Add in lighting, sound, securing, staging, advertising and it would be close to $200,000.

What lost her more money was that the city is now charging her to rent the space, having to provide food and drinks for the talent, their crew, and the festival's volunteers. 

She has seen ticket sales go down the last few years due to their location in the Savannah River marina. Many people have started to bring their boats, anchor them and listen to the music for free. 

It really is sad that we are not having it this year, because so many people, not including myself, have invested so much of their time and efforts to make these festivals happen,” Norris said.

Past headliners and performers have been Florida Georgia Line, Merle Haggard, Lonestar, Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Scotty McCreery, Mo Pitney, Parmalee, Michael Ray and Easton Corbin.

Watch a performance by country great Tracey Lawrence at the festival a few years ago.

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