Stan Rogers Folk Festival management and staff made a decision today to cancel the 2014 festival based on the forecasted landfall of Hurricane Arthur on the weekend.
This decision is being made based on public safety concerns.
‚ÄúWe consulted a number of forecasting services, including Environment Canada and determined there is a high likelihood of winds in excess of 100km per hour and heavy rainfall," said artistic director Troy Greencorn in a post on their Facebook page. "It is impossible in these circumstances for us to guarantee public safety. That makes the decision for us. It‚Äôs a horrible decision to have to make after so much work by so many people, but we just aren‚Äôt prepared to take the risks. We have also consulted our key suppliers (tents, production) and they share our concern and believe this to be the right decision. Hosting an outdoor, camping festival in a hurricane would be foolhardy.‚ÄĚ
The festival will be updating ticket holders on follow up decisions and information through the festival‚Äôs website (www.stanfest.com) and on the festival‚Äôs social network sites. They said they hope to have this information available early next week.