Nation music star Dierks Bentley had some unhappy information to share with followers on Instagram Friday. The 2021 Seven Peaks Competition in Buena Vista, Colorado was canceled after Chaffee County officers determined to not raise capability restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The nation’s tips don’t permit for gatherings of greater than 5,000 folks. Live performance organizers had been reportedly searching for a allow to permit as much as 20,000 folks to attend. Keith City and Outdated Crow Drugs Present had been among the many performers set for this 12 months’s competition.
“I’m so sorry to announce that we’re going to need to cancel 7P for this 12 months,” Bentley wrote in an announcement posted on the competition’s web site and social media pages. “I actually couldn’t be extra bummed out about it. We tried every thing to make it occur, however Chaffee County has determined in opposition to lifting capability restrictions.”
Bentley, who based the competition in 2018, went on to thank the artists who had been set to carry out this 12 months and followers for his or her help. “Actually respect you guys hanging in there with us by way of the ups and downs of COVID,” Bentley wrote. “Collectively we constructed one thing very particular and it will be a giant celebration when our 7P household is collectively once more. We will likely be again!” Followers who purchased passes will routinely obtain a refund inside 30 days. Organizers at the moment are engaged on the 2022 competition, with a brand new location introduced in “the approaching months,” they mentioned.
The announcement got here a couple of days after the Chaffee Board of Well being voted to maintain its occasion cap at 5,000 folks, the Ark Valley Voice studies. The 5,000 cap was put in place final month, increasing on the county’s earlier 2,000 cap. Officers voted to maintain the cap in place because the delta variant of the coronavirus has turn into prevalent in Colorado. Final month, Mesa County permitted the Nation Jam music competition to be held, attracting hundreds of followers. State well being officers later declared the occasion the positioning of a COVID outbreak after 13 attendees and 4 staffers had been contaminated, studies the Denver Submit.
Whereas 70% of Colorado residents are vaccinated, Chaffee County solely has a 62.4% vaccination price. “It’s like sitting between two stools if you happen to take a look at the present tendencies,” county commissioner Kieth Baker informed the Ark Valley Voice. “First [close to] 70 p.c nationwide… however the variety of folks completely vaccinated is 46 p.c. One of many issues that concern me is these states adjoining to us are among the many worst states for vaccinations. In the event you take a look at the state vaccination doses per 100,000 folks, we’re one of many worst. On a per-capita foundation, we’re not doing that nicely within the U.S.” Baker later famous that he’s “reluctant to be complicit in serving to lengthen the lifespan of this virus.”