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Sometimes things work out, and sometimes they do not.

 For the last year I have been working at putting on a local bluegrass festival to replace the Scott Valley event that ended last year. This had been going really well until last week when we here in the north state were pounded by lightning. That lightning sparked numerous fires, some of which have grown to very large proportions. Currently there are 3 fires burning within 25 miles of Yreka that range in size from 5,000 to 35,000 acres. The base camp for the fires is located at Yreka High School until the fair gets over next Sunday. In two weeks school starts. At some point between the end of the fair, and the start of school, the entire operation moves to the fairground where it will remain for the duration. The fairground is where the Siskiyou Strings and Threads Bluegrass Festival was going to be held. Obviously fire camp and a bluegrass festival cannot be held at the same time, in the same place. That being the case, I have reluctantly decided to cancel the festival.

 Quite honestly I have no choice. With the fairground being used as a fire camp for an extended period of time, there simply isn’t room for the festival. One of the activities must yield, and since the fire fighting operations are infinitely more important than a music event, it’s the bluegrass festival that must bow out of the picture. I am obviously disappointed as I have put a lot of time, effort and money into the event, but at the same time I fully understand where the priorities must lay. Additionally, our air conditions are borderline hazardous. If the fires persist, that will not end any time soon. The chances of anything changing for the better are miniscule at best.

 For those who have purchased advance sale tickets, you will receive a refund. Sponsors and vendors will all get their money back as well. All will be made whole.

 I would appreciate it if everybody would help spread the word so nobody shows up thinking the event is still going to happen when indeed it is not. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but there’s not much I can do about it. I hope you will all understand.

Gene Bach