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Festival Organizers Cancel Bonanza Campout Music Festival

Bonanza Campout Festival

The Bonanza Campout has had three iterations. The festival features indie rock, electronic and hip-hop music performed at the base of the Jordanelle Dam.

However, the music festival will not have it’s fourth show, at least not this year.

On Wednesday afternoon organizers of the Bonanza Campout Music Festival announced that they will be cancelling this year’s event.

The cancellation comes just about six weeks ahead of the festival, which was scheduled to take place the weekend of June 21st-23rd.

Festival organizers cited the denial of licensing and permits from Wasatch County and the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as reasons behind the cancelation of the event.

Organizers say they considered moving the event but decided they would not be able to relocate the festival and provide a satisfactory level of production.

Organizers said they are in the process of refunding patrons. At this time, they plan to bring the festival back in 2020. 

Organizers were denied a permit to sell alcohol at the festival last week by the DABC. The organization cited five alcohol violations from the 2018 festival as reasons behind the decision. Additionally, a rape charge was brought against a former college athlete connected to an incident at the same festival.

In a meeting with the DABC commission, festival organizers said they were planning to have an enhanced security plan, create a moat separating alcohol sales from the crowd. Organizers also said at the time they anticipated around 4,000 people a day to attend the event.

Organizers asked that those with questions direct them to info@bonanzacampout.com

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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