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Crowds throng a performance at last year’s Country Thunder near Florence. This year’s country music event has been postponed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

FLORENCE — Joining large events from all over the world, Country Thunder has postponed its Arizona festival.

The four-day country music super-event was scheduled to take place April 16-19, but because of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the organizers made the decision Friday to postpone it until the fall. No date has been determined, with organizers saying that will come in the next few weeks. They did mention it will take place in the fall.

In a press release, Country Thunder said the final decision was made following Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement Thursday that banned all gatherings of more than 50 people in counties affected by the virus, which includes Pinal County. They had previously rescheduled the Florida festival that was supposed to take place March 27-29 for Oct. 16-18.

Many fans had been pressuring Country Thunder on social media to make an announcement on the postponement to allow them to adjust their related travel plans. Music festivals and concerts around the world have been postponed or canceled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Country Thunder gets an average of 35,000 fans into the venue near Florence every day during the festival. This year’s festival had Eric Church, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Dustin Lynch announced as headliners. There was no mention in the press release of whether they will also be at the rescheduled dates, but when the Florida festival was postponed, that came with assurance that all the headliners would be there in October.

“We look forward to finalizing new dates and getting back to the desert later in the fall,” said Country Thunder CEO Troy Vollhoffer. “The fans in Arizona have been with us from day one and we are incredibly grateful for their support as we work through the logistics of rescheduling.”

All tickets and camping arrangements will be honored at the new dates. There was no word on the possibility of refunds.

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