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The Live Nation website put up the following message on their website on Friday afternoon, regarding their popular Seven Peaks Music Festival featuring Dierks Bentley, proposed for Labor Day weekend at The Meadows, on the edge of Buena Vista:

Dierks Bentley was one of several headliners for the Seven Peaks Music Festival that has now been canceled.

“The Seven Peaks Music Festival is being canceled for 2021 due to current capacity restrictions in place by local health officials.

All 2021 passes purchased at will automatically be fully refunded within 30 days back to the original form of payment.

We are already planning for 2022, and a new location will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for details.

Sincerely, Team Seven Peaks”

Earlier this week in a meeting of the Chaffee Board of Health, officials unanimously declined to raise the current 5,000 person event cap, citing continuing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and especially the Delta variant which is proving more infectious than earlier forms of the virus. Chaffee County stands at 62.4 percent vaccinated but missed the state’s goal of 70 percent of eligible individuals who have had at least one vaccine dose.

Live Nation had recently signed an agreement with KHEN radio/Tenderfoot Transmitting, for the low-power radio station to be the nonprofit associated with the event. The application was due for review during the July 14 session of the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners.

Live Nation submitted an amended Seven Peaks Special Event application to Chaffee County on Tuesday, July 7, 2021, which incorporated Tenderfoot Transmitting, Inc. as the event sponsor and reduced the proposed event size to 17,000 spectators, 500 staff, and 200 participants. The Chaffee County BOCC has not officially reviewed nor denied the pending 2021 Seven Peaks application for the event proposed for Sept. 3 to 5. It continues to be scheduled for review at a public hearing with the BOCC at 9:00 a.m. Wed., July 14, unless withdrawn prior to that time.

In a communication from Chaffee County administration, they note that “Chaffee County has not received direct communication from the current event applicant, Tenderfoot Transmitting, Inc. (KHEN 106.9 – Salida Community Radio), or from the Seven Peaks event promoter, Live Nation, or from the proposed venue, The Meadows, LLC, regarding the status of the Seven Peaks event planning or confirming the news of its cancellation.”