Memphis in May cancels 2020 events due to coronavirus pandemic


Miley Cyrus performs a live surprise set to celebrate the launch of FacebookÕs new campaign, More Together at the Beale Street Music Festival Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Memphis, Tenn.(Justin Ford/Invision for Facebook/AP Images)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Organizers of Memphis in May announced Thursday that the annual event has been canceled for 2020.

The slate of events, which have been scheduled for May each year since 1977, were initially rescheduled for September 30 though October 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday morning, organizers made the announcement that the event was canceled for the year. This includes the Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, this year’s salute to Ghana events and the Great American River Run.

“The difficult decision was made based on information in consultation with local health officials who advised that it would not be reasonable to host festival events as planned in 2020,” organizers said. “Our board of directors met this morning and voted to cancel the 2020 events. The health and safety of our patrons and participants is always our top priority.”

Ticket holders, teams and others who bought tickets will be refunded their money. There is also an option to use current tickets for next year’s event.

An email with more information will be sent out sometime in the next week.

The 2021 Memphis in May International Event is scheduled for April 30 to May 29.

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