With the number of COVID-19 cases on the decline and vaccines being made available, it’s kind of been like the first signs of spring.

Additionally, with news of concert tours resuming, not to mention the announcement of the Bar-B-Q Block Party here in Owensboro, it feels like we’re starting to “stretch our legs” again and enjoy the kinds of things we used to enjoy prior to the pandemic, if on a smaller or altered scale—the Block Party isn’t the full festival, but it’s barbecue and it’s on the river and it’s happening on the traditional second weekend in May. I’ll take it.

Oh and one more...one that hits very close to home for me:

The NCAA Tournament is happening after last year’s cancellation due to the virus.

So yeah, we’re all starting to look to the future.

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But it’s a future that won’t, in 2021, include the CMA Music Fest.

In a statement detailing the challenges of going forward with such a massive event, the Country Music Association issued this statement Tuesday:

As you can see, plans are already in place for the 2022 CMA Music Fest. And 2020 passes WILL be honored. So hang onto ‘em if you got ‘em.

And while the CMA Fest is cancelled for 2021, several other events for the latter half of 2021 are still on the books, according to WKRN-Nashville.

Slowly but surely, I guess.

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