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9/6/2017 2:10:00 PM
Sisters Folk Festival forced to cancel due to smoke

The Sisters Folk Festival Board of Directors announced Wednesday afternoon, September 6, that the event has been cancelled due to ongoing severe air quality conditions due to wildfire smoke.

The Festival issued a statement:

"It is with profound regret that the Board of Directors of the Sisters Folk Festival announces that the September 8 - 10, 2017 event has been cancelled due to extremely poor air quality conditions in Central Oregon.

"After days of intensive consultation with fire managers, meteorologists and health professionals, we have determined that we cannot move forward with the festival without severely compromising the quality of the experience for our artists and our patrons. The well-being of our patrons, artists and volunteers is of paramount concern for the Sisters Folk Festival organization.

"Predicted weather and smoke forecasts through the weekend do not allow us to stage the event with confidence that their well-being and the quality of experience you all have come to expect and appreciate can be delivered.

"The Festival attempted to establish contingencies and alternatives at the Sisters Schools. Unfortunately, given that the schools were forced to close this week due to smoke conditions, we could not confidently establish that the air quality even indoors will be adequate.

"This is an unprecedented event in the 22-year history of the Sisters Folk Festival and this decision was made with heavy hearts, fully mindful of the multitude of personal, civic and economic ramifications cancellation will have for everyone connected to our Festival community.

"It will take a week or more for the Festival to assess our financial commitments and the impact this cancellation will have upon the Festival and community. Further information on our next steps will be provided as soon as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this difficult and unprecedented event."


Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Article comment by: Erik Dolson

Thank you, Sisters Folk Festival Board of Directors. This was a very difficult and courageous decision, and it was the right one. The renowned quality of the festival would have been compromised, and many who could not have enjoyed their tickets would have been forced to forfeit the value beause of the smoke.

For these reasons, and in appreciation of what the festival has brought to my community, musically and financially, I will not accept a refund for my tickets. Use the money to put the festival back on its feet for an even better event next year!

~ Erik Dolson

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