Tonight's 26th Annual Festival on the Square concert has been canceled because of wet conditions in downtown Tyler. The decision to cancel was made about 5 p.m.
"Our volunteers started setting up the event last night and continued very early this morning into the late afternoon," said city of Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. "But the standing water became a major safety issue for our sound, lights, stage and band people. Rain and electronics just do not mix, and we were not about to jeopardize anyone's safety."
The concert, which is a major fundraiser for the Main Street Department, was to feature a line-up of four bands, including headliner Cody Canada and The Departed.
Ms. Abell said those who purchased advance tickets may get refunds from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Friday at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St. in Tyler.
"This is a major blow for us," Ms. Abell said. "Certainly our department will feel the impact of the lost funding, but moreover, I hate that our hard-working volunteers couldn't see the fruit of their labors. They put in an incredible amount of hours and effort, and we appreciate them so much."
Abell also commended Festival on the Square sponsors GG Distributing, R&K Distributors, Coors of Longview, TEDC, Piney Woods Live, Brookshire's, Coca-Cola and Jason Woodward Photography.
"These sponsors support us year in and year out, and we couldn't bring these events to the public without them," Abell said. "We hope that those who appreciate live music and downtown revitalization will reach out and thank these groups."