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    Bree Stonehouse at the 2018 Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon.

Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon postponed

Country music fans will have to wait another year to attend the 30th annual Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon.

Increasing infection rates of the latest strain of COVID-19 have prompted organisers to postpone the popular west Wimmera festival until February, 2023.

James Hawkins, on behalf of the event committee, said in an announcement to patrons that it was with a heavy heart the organisation had made the decision.

“Again we have arrived at a point where we are no longer able to see a clear path to a safe and festive Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon,” he said.

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“We have pushed as hard as possible to bring this together because we understand how important and special it is for you, as it is for us as a committee and our families.  

“As we have experienced, this pandemic changes by the day and since the reduction in government restrictions and the entry of the Omicron variant we have witnessed the virus rapidly washing through the Australian population. 

“In light of the increasing infection rates across Australia and within the west Wimmera and south east of South Australia our event would inevitably suffer and spread COVID-19 cases. 

“Our many amazing patrons, artists, volunteers and service providers would suffer potential infection with the inevitable health and social implications including requiring to isolate and so on.

“These scenarios are not something we as a committee are willing to allow by hosting a 2022 event.”

Organisers had scheduled the country-
music event, featuring an extensive line-up of artists, for February 18, 19 and 20.

Mr Hawkins said the committee was ‘incredibly’ grateful to everyone who had bought tickets, which would be refunded, and to all patrons, artists, sponsors and other supporters ‘who we love dearly and cannot thank enough for the ongoing support, especially in these challenging times’. 

Mr Hawkins said the committee encouraged people – where it was safe to do so – to watch live country music and support the live-music industry.

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