Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots festival canceled

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MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival has been canceled, the latest victim of the global pandemic and another blow to the Northshire.

The popular festival, which was slated for its third appearance Aug. 13-16 at Hunter Park at the Northshire Civic Center, drew about 3,400 people in 2019.

In a video announcement posted Sunday morning on Facebook, Jill and John Turpin, the founders and organizers of the show announced that the 2020

festival was canceled.

Like most everybody else, they had been expecting the news but had held out hope the festival could somehow go on.

But on Friday, Gov. Phil Scott declared that all fairs and festivals would be canceled for the rest of the summer, leaving the Turpins little choice.

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"The governor of Vermont announced there would be no summer festivals this year, which didn't come as a huge surprise to us but nevertheless we had been hoping and praying to try to bring you some of that this summer but it looks like it's just not going to happen," said John Turpin.

Jill Turpin thanked people for all the support.

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They say there's strength in numbers and in the short time we've been doing GMBR, we have found that to be so true," said Jill Turpin. "From our incredible musicians, to our hard-working staff, our vendors, our sponsors, our volunteers and, above all, our amazing audience, we have felt so blessed."

The Turpins said they are already at work on the 2021 version of the Green

Mountain Bluegrass and Roots Festival.

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"Don't worry, we're already hard at work planning and dreaming for an awesome 2021," John Turpin said.

Refunds for advance tickets will be processed soon.

"Everybody who has purchased tickets will be able to get a refund," Jill Turpin said. "You'll be getting an email in the next couple of days with details."

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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