Plug pulled on Ponderosa

Forest fires have forced organizers of the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival to cancel the event

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Forest fires have forced organizers of the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival to cancel the event.

“Due to the circumstances surrounding the fire that started last Thursday near Rock Creek, Ponderosa Festival will not be happening this year as scheduled,” the Ponderosa family stated in a press release.

The event, in its third year, was scheduled to take place from Aug. 21 to 23 in Rock Creek. Attendees were welcome to camp on site and there was a lineup of 25 musical acts.

Organizers were optimistic the fire would subside and were monitoring it in the lead up to the cancellation notice. Their decision to cancel was augmented by safety concerns from the regional district and other government representatives.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused to all, especially to those friends and family that are travelling from far,” the press released said. “Words can’t express how much we were looking forward to this weekend and to hosting our guests. So much love has gone into this year of preparation and we are incredibly disappointed that the festival will not go through.”

The family is asking that readers share the news with anybody planning to attend Ponderosa this weekend.