Havelock Country Jamboree cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Festival will return in August 2021, with all 2020 tickets honoured

The Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada's largest country music camping festival, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 31st annual has been scheduled to take place from August 13th to 16th in Havelock, Ontario. (Photo: Anita Bell / Havelock Country Jamboree)
The Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada's largest country music camping festival, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 31st annual has been scheduled to take place from August 13th to 16th in Havelock, Ontario. (Photo: Anita Bell / Havelock Country Jamboree)

The Havelock Country Jamboree has been cancelled for 2020.

Canada’s largest country music camping festival, the 31st annual event has been scheduled to run from August 13th to 16th.

“With the current COVID-19 restrictions, the safety of our fans, amazing volunteers, sponsors, vendors, staff and neighbours is paramount,” organizers write on the Havelock Country Jamboree website. “Therefore, with heavy hearts, we have decided to reschedule The Havelock Country Jamboree to August 19 – August 22, 2021. Although this breaks our hearts to have to postpone our event we know it’s the right thing to do to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

All 2020 tickets will be automatically honoured for the rescheduled 2021 date, according to organizers.

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More than 25 acts has been scheduled to perform, including Chris Janson, Blue Rodeo, Tim Hicks, Roots & Boots, Hunter Brothers, Mackenzie Porter, Cory Marks, Dan Davidson, Kira Isabella, The Grand Tour – Gil Grand, The Good Brothers, Kelly Prescott, Tracey Brown & Randall Prescott of The Family Brown, The Western Swing Authority, Mudmen, Singing Soldiers, Jesse Slack, Gain McLeod, and Small Town Girls.

The festival, which has featured more than 4,200 musicians over the past 30 years, has received the Festivals of Distinction Award from Festival & Events Ontario for five years in a row.

The festival attracts over 100,000 people every year, including both day visitors and campers.

This is the second major tourist event to be cancelled in Peterborough County. On Tuesday (May 12), organizers announced the cancellation of Peterborough Musicfest, Canada’s longest-running free-admission outdoor summer concert series.

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