By Shereen Siewert

The annual Big Bull Falls Blues Fest will not take place this year in Wausau, event organizers announced Thursday.

All musicians scheduled to perform this year have committed to the 2021 festival, according to Wausau Events, Inc.

“The health and safety of our community, event goers, volunteers, and musicians will always be our main concern,” a statement from Wausau Events reads. “With so much uncertainty still surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Big Bull Falls Blues Fest to August 20-21, 2021.”

All purchased tickets will be rolled over to the 2021 festival, and ticket holders should retain their tickets for next year’s admission. For event-goers unable to attend the August 2021 festival, refunds will be granted.

To request a refund, email execdir@wausauevents.org by June 19.

Wausau Events already canceled the city’s annual Balloon and Rib Fest, along with Concerts on the Square through July. The board of directors is continuing to evaluate the August portion of the summer concert series and will make a decision in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes on the heels of a decision by the Wisconsin State Fair to cancel their event for 2020. Rock Fest, the annual event in Cadott, is also canceled, as is the Wausau Area 4th of July event.

As of May 28, the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau remains on the calendar. A representative from the fair posted on social media that planning continues for the event, though no musical acts have yet been announced.

In Rhinelander, Oneida County officials this week granted a permit for the annual Hodag Country Music Fest, which was to be held in July with new safety precautions. But on Thursday, Hodag Festival event planners announced they will hold off on their event until 2021.