CORONAVIRUS: Halfway to Everywhere Festival canceled Featured

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Halfway to Everywhere will have to wait until next year.


The music festival, originally set for Sept. 5, is the latest major event to fall victim to coronavirus. Organizer Hank Osterhout was tracking several other music festivals, notably the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, and once it canceled -- along with others both across the state and country -- it made sense to pull the plug.

Osterhout also says his fundraising efforts were limited by having to work from home, so he is turning down grants for this year's event with plans to re-apply next year and he's working with bands to retain as much of this year's lineup as possible for next year's festival, now tentatively set for Sept. 4, 2021.

Osterhout says Kansas Free for Arts has also suspended its concert schedule through the rest of the year with the exception of a New Year's Eve concert featuring That 1 Guy, one of the highlights of last year's Halfway to Everywhere. A potential concert involving MarchFourth Marching Band is possible next spring.

Osterhout is soliciting volunteers for next year's festival. For more information, go online to www.ksfreeforarts.org or call Osterhout at 620-727-1795.

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