JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The Britt Music & Arts Festival is circulating a petition to allow for a longer 2021 season, after the current season was canceled due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions. The organization said that this is the first time in 58 years that Jacksonville has been without the festival.
"Though Jacksonville businesses and citizens crave a sense of normalcy, it is clear that we will not be able to simply return to 'business as usual,' and it will take significant time to recover," the Britt said in a statement. "Over the past seven years, Britt has struggled with smoke, weather and now a pandemic."
Britt operates under a conditional use permit, which allows the venue to hold shows from mid-June to mid-September. The organization has now applied with the City of Jacksonville to amend that permit, allowing it to operate from mid-May to mid-October.
"The smoke, climate change and this pandemic are conditions our previous community leaders never could have foreseen," the Britt continued. "Today, we know our new norms will have long-lasting implications for our region, particularly with regard to local businesses and the quality of life for our citizens."
The organization said that an extra two months of festival performances could help provide stability and unity for the region, "both culturally and economically."