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Beartrap Summer Festival cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
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Beartrap Summer Festival cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Beartrap Summer Festival

The Beartrap Summer Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Beartrap Summer Festival has been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held annually on Casper Mountain, is the latest in a series of Wyoming entertainment and sporting cancellations due to COVID-19.

This year’s planned headliners — Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers and the Charlie Daniels Band — are now booked to play next year’s festival slated for August 2021 at Beartrap Meadow, according to an announcement on the event’s website.

“They, along with us and everyone in the venue, live entertainment and concert industry are reeling from the current climate for gatherings of our size in the era of ‘social distancing’, and deeply regret that this year’s festival is to be one of the many impacted by COVID-19,” according to the announcement.

There are no tickets to refund because concerns about COVID-19 delayed the presale. Tickets that people already have from the festival’s donations to local charity partners will be honored at the 2021 festival.

The festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with country star Mark Chesnutt and the rock band Skid Row, who filled in for Survivor. The festival organized by TownSquare Media began in 1994 and grew to draw thousands for the weekend lineup as well as vendors, food, a beer garden, family activities and camping. The festival focused on bluegrass before expanding to a variety of genres.

Past headliners have included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sons of Pioneers, Los Lobos the Yonder Mountain String Band and Wynonna Judd.

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