Organizers try to cover up after all country festival permits are revoked | New


CHATHAM, Virginia – The Star-Tribune On Tuesday morning, it was confirmed that the events driven by the goal provided a false reason why the Blue Ridge Country Festival was canceled.

Purpose Driven Events quietly emailed ticket holders on Monday containing verifiable false information on why the festival was moved at the last minute from October 1-3, 2021 to May 13-15, 2022.

“At the request of health officials, the Blue Ridge Country Festival scheduled for October 1-3, 2021 will be postponed from May 13 to 15, 2022, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the email reads. .

Pittsylvania-Danville health department officials have vehemently denied ever canceling the event or even suggesting it be postponed.

“VDH did not cancel the Blue Ridge Country Festival, and VDH did not ask the promoters to do so,” said Robert Parker, VDH’s information officer. Star-Tribune Tuesday around noon.

A letter obtained by the Star-Tribune from Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman to Purpose Driven Events CEO Jonathan Slye shows the event was postponed because Purpose Driven Events does not hold any license to run the festival and is actively non-compliant with de many county regulations.

The letter, dated September 21, 2021, reads:

“Dear Mr. Slye,

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that all permits related to the Blue Ridge County Festival are being canceled due to failure to comply with the action of the Supervisory Board at its June 22, 2021 meeting.

“Specifically, the county does not have sufficient or approved plans relating to, among other things, traffic, parking, camping and safety, nor do we have a final site map for the festival and the sites. camping areas Many of these issues require a review time that is not possible given the 10 days remaining before your event.

“If you wish to continue with your plans to host the Blue Ridge County Festival, it is necessary that the following be submitted to my office no later than noon on Thursday, September 23, 2021:

1. Finalized site plans for the festival grounds and all camping areas.

2. A traffic control plan and a parking plan.

3. An up-to-date list and contact details of all contractors who will oversee any aspect of the event.

4. An updated waste management plan that includes site specific deadlines.

inspections and waste collection in and around the site.

5. A list of all security personnel so that they can be properly vetted by the sheriff’s department.

6. A complete coordinator file submitted to the Virginia Department of Health.

7. A temporary campground application including full site maps of all campsites and information on drinking water sources and sewage transportation, including any applicable proof of license, submitted to the Department of Virginia Health.

In addition, no permit will be issued until the county has received all of the proceeds of the meal tax related to the Mountain Worship events and the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. These funds were to be provided to the Revenue Commissioner, Ms. Robin. Goard, Friday, September 17, 2021, but understand there was a misunderstanding on this. Please remit all County Meal Tax Proceeds by hand delivery or overnight delivery Any additional invoices you have received from Pittsylvania County regarding Worship at Mountain or Blue Ridge Rock Festival must also be paid in full, or an additional deposit of $ 500,000 will be required for the Blue Ridge Country Festival .

“Finally, local officials will be assembled at 3:30 pm this Friday, September 24, 2021 in the County Administration Boardroom at 1 Center Street, Chatham, to review with you all of the plans submitted on September 23. will indicate your intention not to host the Blue Ridge County Festival.

“If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Event organizers declined to respond to media inquiries from the Star-Tribune.

The Blue Ridge Country Festival, which was set to begin this Friday, reportedly featured country stars Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, Mitchell Tenpenny and others.


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