One of the last remaining summer events in the Chippewa Valley is taking 2020 off.
OneFest, a Christian music festival set to take place next month at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls, is canceling its 2020 event due to COVID-19 concerns and will hopefully return in 2021.
The festival was originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday, July 24-26, and would have featured more than a dozen artists including national recording artist Jeremy Camp who recently was immortalized in the biopic “I Still Believe.”
OneFest organizers said the decision was difficult but ultimately was the safe and smart decision.
“The OneFest Board and Planning team truly wanted to have OneFest 2020 as we could see it as a positive blessing in the community during these difficult times. In cooperation with Chippewa County Health Department and NWSF Fairgrounds facility recommendations, OneFest 2020 has been postponed to July 23-25, 2021,” they wrote in a statement. “While we are extremely disappointed over this situation, we are also trusting the Lord and looking forward to an amazing festival in 2021.”
Organizers are working on the 2021 edition of the festival and said the majority of artists have signed on to return next summer. The 2021 lineup hasn’t been solidified yet, but updates will be provided.
Ticket holders for OneFest have a couple of options. The first option is to hold their ticket for the 2021 festival and have it roll over with no future costs. The second option is to receive a refund for the ticket, and within that either receive the money personally or donate the ticket cost to the OneFest nonprofit ministry. Every ticket holder will receive an email promptly from the festival and the deadline for refund requests is Saturday, Aug. 1.
Due to the loss of potential income from the 2020 festival, OneFest organizers are asking for donations to help make a 2021 edition possible during these trying times.
“We are asking for your support. OneFest was created to provide an inspirational event for our community and without you, it could not succeed. We hope the community sees the tremendous value of this event and keep OneFest in your prayers as we move forward. Also, please prayerfully consider providing a donation to help keep OneFest going. We need your support now to help OneFest remain a positive light for our community. We thank you for your support.”
Jennifer Johnson, a OneFest 2020 ticket holder, said she was looking forward to the festival, but ultimately knew a cancelation was inevitable.
“It was just a matter of time,” Johnson said. “The entire summer is basically canceled, so a big event like this was bound not to happen. Hopefully, it happens next year, because this year would’ve been a lot of fun.”
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