Pickathon, a popular music festival at a farm near Portland, has announced it has canceled this year’s event due to the coronavirus.
“We hoped and fought to keep going, but it’s clear now that we must postpone the 2020 Pickathon festival until 2021,” organizers said on its website. “These are absolutely unprecedented times, and there is no way for us to come together safely this August. The health and safety of our Pickathon community will always come first and we stand with Governor Kate Brown in her directive to postpone large gatherings through September.”
The impact of COVID-19 on Pickathon is devastating, organizers said. The tickets they’ve already sold for the event do not cover the costs they’ve already incurred from year-round planning. They said they usually break even every year and that they don’t have a safety net.
Despite this, organizers said they aren’t giving up and will work to find creative solutions to continue the festival.
Pickathon said they cannot issue refunds to anyone who purchased tickets, but that purchased tickets will be exchangeable for tickets to future festivals. Organizers are also encouraging supporters to consider gifting their tickets to help get through this difficult time.
Our Portland ABC partner KATU contributed to this report.