As the disastrous year of 2020 began to unfold we were somewhat surprised in March to consider cancelling the festival for the first time, a decision that grew more obvious as time went on. We surely thought then that it would be over in a year; but the virus spread as the year went on, and by late fall it was clear we would not be in Thespian Hall by April 2021. The successfully accelerated development of a vaccine is not predicted to give us enough time to do it. We just canít, however, let our beloved festival go for another year. Readers of Missouri Life magazine last year voted the Big Muddy their favorite music festival, and we are committed to bringing this festival back for years to come. Discussing the possible possibilities in a Zoom meeting our festival committee has two contingents: We can do an outdoor festival at the Cooper County Fairgrounds in June where and when we could maintain social distancing guidelines, or we can wait until October when we believe we could be back in the hall.
We believe we can make a decision during this month based on what we continue to learn about the vaccine distribution and the spread of the virus. As anxious as we are to bring our festival back we know it is senseless to increase a health risk in the ensuing months. For new developments please check this website for new developments or visit the Friends of Historic Boonville Facebook page or Friends of Historic Boonville. If you have comments or preferences, we would like to know.
Thanks for your patience and your generous patronage over 28 years of music and fun.
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