COVID-19 has brought into our world a variety of “unknowns” and “what ifs.” What we do know about this virus is that it puts everyone’s health and safety at risk. Many of us are tired of talking about it, hearing about it, etc. but we must talk about it some more.
After careful deliberation and with heavy hearts we regret to inform you that we have canceled our 32nd Sober in the Sun Festival that was to be held September 4-7, 2020.
We simply cannot in good conscience risk the health and safety of our directors, volunteers, and patrons by holding a festival with so much uncertainty still surrounding COVID-19. Sober in the Sun would not be Sober in the Sun without everyone in attendance-staff or patron, young or old, compromised immunity or healthy as a horse, local or afar-EVERYONE.
Although broken hearted, we are looking at this as an opportunity to regroup and come out stronger than ever. Our focus is to provide an even better festival experience for SITS 2021!
We hope you will continue to follow us on Facebook and check out our website as we will be rolling out some virtual and (hopefully) smaller live events through the rest of the year to keep us all connected and help raise money for SITS 2021!
We know you have questions! Answers to the questions we have already thought of can be found on our website and you can always ask a question via our contact us form on our website-www.soberinthesunorg.
Q. I already purchased tickets online. What do I do?
A. We will honor your purchase and push the sale for next year’s festival for the exact quantity of tickets purchased this year to next year. Please understand that the current ticket you were issued is now VOID and a new ticket will be emailed to the email address you purchased your ticket(s) with next year at no cost to you between August 1-15, 2021. We can also issue you a refund of the ticket price.
Q. What happens if my contact information changes between now and next year’s festival?
A. If your contact information such as your email address, phone number, physical address, etc. change between now and SITS 2021, it is up to YOU to inform us of the change. You can submit the change to us by using the “Contact Us” link on our website. Please be sure to include your name and a working telephone number in case there are any questions about your submission so we can reach you to clarify.
Q. I already sent in a deposit to be a vendor at the festival. What happens now?
A. Vendor deposits are non-refundable. There are two options-either you forfeit your deposit, or we can forward it to next year’s festival. If you choose to move it to next year’s festival have BOTH the application and agreement submitted by August 1, 2020. If we do not receive your paperwork by August 1, 2020 but have received your deposit, your deposit will not be applied to next year’s festival and if you choose to be a vendor for SITS 2021, you will need to pay the full vendor fee.
Q. When will the remainder of my vendor fee be due if I carry over my deposit to SITS 2021?
A. If you choose to carry over your vendor deposit to be a vendor at SITS 2020 and have paid the deposit AND have vendor application and agreement completed and submitted to us by August 1, 2020, then your final vendor payment isn’t due until July 1, 2021.
Q. I already signed up to volunteer. Can I volunteer next year?
A. If you signed up via our website to volunteer AND completed and returned all 3 volunteer forms (Volunteer Info Sheet, Sexual Harassment Policy, & Volunteer Guidelines) and would like to volunteer next year, we can move your sign up to next year. It is your responsibility to notify us if any of your contact information changes from now until the next festival. We will reach out to you several months prior to the festival to verify you are still able and willing to volunteer, verify position, etc.
Q. What type(s) of online events do you plan on having?
A. We hope to host some online music events, workshops, and meetings. We are reaching out to our contacts to see who is willing to participate and putting together some surveys to see how much interest there is for such things.
Q. What type(s) of live events do you plan on having?
A. As the country continues to open, we are monitoring the national, state, and local regulations on group events. One thing we were hoping to do was have our Poker Run event but not in July later in the year, maybe September or October depending on how the pandemic goes. We are looking into some smaller musical events and are open to suggestions!
Q. How do you plan on keeping people safe at live events?
A. Safety at live events will be based on the current national, state, and local guidelines in place at the time of the event.