PINE RIVER — The 15th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival scheduled Aug. 26-30 in Pine River will not happen this year.

The Pine River Area Foundation, owners of the festival, announced Thursday, July 23, the festival will be postponed until Aug. 25-29, 2021.

“The current situation with COVID-19 restrictions makes it very doubtful that we would be allowed to have the festival, as gatherings of over 250 are still not allowed in this phase of reopening and we have several thousand attend the festival every year,” president of the foundation, Steven Hansen, stated in a news release. “In fact, we are going in the wrong direction with a spike in reported cases and the recent mandatory mask requirement. Even if we were able to hold the event, the uncertainty of sponsors and attendees would be too large of a financial risk for the organization. When the state started opening back up several weeks ago, we were optimistic conditions and restrictions would improve enough by the end of the summer that the event could go on as planned, but this is not the case and we are making the only responsible decision we feel that we can make at this time.”

Organizers are allowing a small camping event Aug 28-30 at the new festival site, The Lakes Music and Events Park, just one mile north of Pine River. Local musicians will entertain the afternoon of Aug. 29 and jam all weekend. People must call ahead for reservations at 844-620-4727. Non-camping visitors are also welcome. A cash donation will be requested at the gate. A strict limit of 250 people will be in place and all mitigation rules in place at the time will be observed over the 24 acres park.

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