Loverboy Show and Springfield’s Route 66 Fest derailed by COVID
If you thought the coronavirus had finished wreaking havoc with events, think again.
A popular festival in Springfield has been canceled along with one of the main Ozark Empire Fair concerts.
According to KY3, Loverboy had to step down from headlining the fair’s grandstand on the fair’s opening night on Thursday night, July 29. The group cited travel restrictions in their native Canada. A quick search for “Loverboy Canceled July 2021 Gigs” showed the band canceled other shows that were scheduled in the United States this month.
Local bands Dr. Zhivegas, Sequel Dose and Members Only will instead headline the show. The Fair told KY3 that the group likely could have bypassed the travel restrictions, but clearly decided not to. No further artist cancellations are planned.
Meanwhile, the city of Springfield has canceled the Birthplace of Route 66 festival scheduled for Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14 due to concerns over COVID-19. They also canceled the kick off for a concert on Thursday August 12.
Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for the City of Springfield and a member of the festival’s steering committee, said in a statement, “With our region’s low vaccination rate against COVID-19, the resulting outbreak of infections is overwhelming our hospitals and making our community sick. We think it’s just not safe to bring tens of thousands of people from all over the world to this community for any reason. “
The City of Springfield suggests exploring the locals of Route 66 and local restaurants and retailers. Explore the public art around Route 66. Or take a virtual historical journey along Route 66 as you explore an interactive map developed by the City of Springfield.
The City will organize safe and socially remote vaccination events in the festival space on Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14.