For the first time in half a century, one of the biggest country music festivals in the world is being canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Country Music Association officials announced Tuesday they are calling off this summer's CMA Fest which was scheduled for June 4-7. Part of the CMA's statement:

"As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and country music community."

Ticketholders can get a refund at the point of purchase or hold onto their passes for the 2021 event. Refunds may take 30 to 45 business days.

The CMA Fest, in and around downtown Nashville, draws around 80,000 concertgoers and fans each summer.

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