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Dauphin’s Countryfest pulls the plug on 2020 festival


Dauphin’s Countryfest has made a difficult decision.
With “heavy hearts” organizers of Canada’s longest running country music festival announced Thursday the 2020 festival scheduled for July 2 to 5 at Selo Ukraina south of Dauphin will not take place, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Dauphin’s Countryfest has been part of Manitoba’s summer celebrations for over 30 years. Our festival is a pillar in our community providing both social and economic benefits, such as funds raised for volunteer organizations, to jobs created through goods and services needed to operate the festival,” said Countryfest president Ann Ransom.
“The board of directors have taken all of this into consideration as we map out a plan of action during this unprecedented situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ransom said the decision was made in consultation with municipal and provincial leaders, keeping the welfare of festival patrons, volunteers and community top of mind.
The festival, she said. will return, June 24 to 27, 2021.
“This has been a really difficult week and we’re devastated to share this news with you. This is my 30th year with Dauphin’s Countryfest so it’s hard to imagine a summer without the event,” said Rob Waloschuk, Countryfest general manager.
“We thank everyone for their understanding and patience as our team works through all of the details surrounding the rescheduling of our festival. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021.”
Countryfest will reach out to everyone who purchased a ticket for 2020 in the coming weeks with options and details.
The hope is to make the process as seamless as possible for everyone.
Organizers are asking for patience as they follow the guidelines of provincially-mandated regulations for public health and safety, which require additional time to work through the processes.
More information regarding the rescheduling of the festival and the ticket transfer or refund process will be released in the coming weeks through the Countryfest website at www.countryfest.ca and its social media channels.
“With our deepest concern for all those affected by this world health crisis and subsequentially our unavoidable decision to postpone to 2021, we thank you all for your support, patience and understanding as we work through this together,” Ransom said.