Wood, Wine & Blues latest event to cancel
This year’s Wood, Wine & Blues, scheduled for August 14-16, will be postponed due to concerns and uncertainty attributed to COVID-19.
Storm Lake United leaders will focus efforts and budget on next year’s event, expected to return bigger and better, Lee Dutfield of SLU said.
“Our top priority is the well-being of our attendees, volunteers, wood carvers, vendors, wineries, and musicians. We have been closely monitoring the situations with COVID-19, and with input from Buena Vista County Public Health, the City of Storm Lake and Storm Lake United board members, the difficult decision was made to postpone Wood, Wine and Blues until 2021.”
Storm Lake United has worked over seven years to improve the festival, provide free entertainment and attract more attendees. “Wood, Wine & Blues is an anticipated event and continues to grow in popularity, which makes this decision both challenging and personal. With less wood carvers, vendors, wineries, and no live music, we feel hosting the event this year would be a step backwards and attendance may likely be affected,” Dutfield said of the decision.
“We remain committed to this important event that draws visitors, showcases the Storm Lake community, and brings revenue to chamber members and local small businesses. We will continue to explore options that will promote Storm Lake as a destination for vacationers and visitors from the region and across the midwest.”