After months of scrambling to make adjustments, organizers of the All Ohio Balloon Fest have rescheduled this year’s event to Aug. 12-14, 2021. Officials said they moved away from holding the event this year fearing the potential impact on the health of the community would outweigh its entertainment value.
Measures are now in place for patrons holding tickets to this year’s event to seek refunds or replacement tickets for next year.
All those who have purchased advanced tickets for the 2020 event will be able to get a refund, though some protocols will need to be followed.
Because the Beach Boys generated a rush of walk-in ticket purchase at the Marysville Journal-Tribune office, officials fear that a similar rush for refunds would create social distancing problems at the newspaper office.
Those who purchased walk-in tickets with last names starting with the letters A-G will be allowed to come into the office from Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Last names beginning with letters H-O will be asked to come in Sept. 8-11 and letters P-Z can exchange tickets for next year or get their money back Sept. 14-18.
Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone not able to come to the office during their scheduled time can call the Journal-Tribune office, (937) 644-9111, to arrange an appointment.
Patrons will need to bring in their tickets or VIP/Preferred seating lanyards in order to exchange them or get their refund.
Anyone who purchased tickets online through Eventbrite will be able to get a refund through the site, but it will take 30 days to coordinate this process.
Organizers have already been working to schedule entertainment for 2021. Organizers worked doggedly to rebook the Beach Boys for next year, but agents for the group said they will not be available. Organizers continue to seek a replacement for the Thursday night entertainment next year.
Multi-platinum Nashville recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny is booked as the headliner for Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
What this means for patrons who bought the discounted weekend passes for 2020 is that they will have the option to exchange their tickets for next year.
We ask all to stay tuned to the balloon festival Facebook page and www.allohioballoonfest.comfor further announcements about next year.
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