The Seven Peaks Festival in Buena Vista, a country music extravaganza scheduled for Labor Day weekend, was canceled Friday due to Chaffee County’s COVID-19 capacity restrictions of no more than 5,000 people at one event.
The announcement was made by the festival on Friday on Twitter and on the Seven Peaks website.
“All 2021 passes purchased at SevenPeaksFestival.com will automatically be fully refunded to the original payment method within 30 days,” said the announcement. “We are already planning for 2022, a new location will be announced in the coming months.”
Country star Dierks Bentley, who founded the event in 2018, posted on Twitter that he âcouldn’t really be upsetâ about the cancellation, adding, “Chaffee County has decided against lifting capacity restrictions.”
All 2021 passes purchased at https://t.co/OPHvHaGWyJ will automatically be fully refunded to the original payment method within 30 days. pic.twitter.com/ZohQyU6QrS
– Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) July 9, 2021
This year’s festival, the third since the beginning, was designed to feature artists Keith Urban, Old Crow Medicine Show and others.
The Ark Valley Voice reported that Chaffee County’s district officials voted this week to keep the district’s 5,000-person event cap, which was introduced just a month ago after a 2,000-person cap. The Ark Valley Voice said concert promoters were seeking approval for more than 20,000 people.
More than 7,000 tickets were sold for the event.
The decision to reject comes because the delta variant of the coronavirus in Colorado has established itself as the dominant version of the virus. It is particularly common in Mesa County, where the Country Jam music festival drew thousands of fans to a three-day event near Grand Junction last month.
Public health officials in Colorado earlier this week declared Country Jam the site of a COVID outbreak and recorded infections in 13 participants and four employees, according to the state’s outbreak database.
According to state health data, 62.8% of all eligible recipients in Chaffee County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.