Highway 77 Music Festival Postponed Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases
Ohio’s largest one-day country music festival has been postponed. The 2021 edition of Highway 77 Music Festival, slated for Sept. 12 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, had to be postponed because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
Scheduled to appear on next weekend’s show were two-time Grammy Award-winning country duo Dan + Shay, who kick off their 2021 tour on September 9 in Greenville, SC. Also scheduled to appear were Justin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, and Tyler Farr.
Festival promoter The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company said the festival will be rescheduled for the summer 2022 with the lineup and dates to be determined.
“Even with the protocols we have in place to protect our guests, given this was slated to be a full-day event, we felt it was best not to host the event at this time due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout Ohio,” Mike Crawford, Hall of Fame Resort’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Highway 77 Music Festival marked the return to large events at this venue since Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine lifted limits on mass gatherings in April.
“We will continue to closely monitor the infection rate and will determine on a case-by-case basis which events slated for this year at the Village take place,” Crawford said in the statement. “We look forward to hosting the Highway 77 Music Festival in summer 2022.”
For those who purchased advanced tickets to the festival, the Hall of Fame Village said it will automatically issue full refunds to the original method of payment used at the time of purchase.