The Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival has been rescheduled to Oct. 11.
The sold-out festival that annually draws about 5,000 originally was set for May 2 on the downtown square.
Organizers said they rescheduled the event out of concern of the spread of the contagious coronavirus. Health officials are encouraging people to practice social distancing and not to assemble in large groups.
“This week, at the advisement of local government officials and our health department, as well as schedule changes with our artists, we had to make the incredibly difficult decision to change course. Red Dirt will now be happening Sunday, Oct. 11, in downtown Tyler,” says the announcement on the event’s website, reddirtbbqfest.com .
All tickets purchased will be good for the rescheduled date. Those who want a refund are being advised to fill out a form on the website by May 29.
Organizers said that Oct. 11, a Sunday, was selected as the new date in order to keep its current concert lineup and participation by many of the dozens of barbecue restaurants that had committed to coming.
“We know a Sunday may not be the ideal situation for everyone, but with the massive amounts of rescheduling artists are experiencing at this time, this was the only day we could do in order to keep our lineup intact and keep it possible for our barbecue restaurants to attend,” the statement said.
The festival earlier announced Parker McCollum and Josh Abbott Band would headline the concert.
“These decisions are made with our guests, our artists, our barbecue restaurants, our sponsors, and our staff above anything else,” the announcement said. “The safety and health of everyone involved with this event are more important than anything else, and going against that mindset is not what we’re about.”