LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - With threatening weather conditions Saturday night at Freedom Fest, organizers canceled headliner Huey Lewis and the News for safety reasons.
On Sunday, they issued a statement on what led to the decision to stop the event.
Due to dangerous lightning that swept through the La Crosse area last night, and with input from National Weather Service experts, security personnel and officials at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Freedom Fest officials made the difficult decision to cancel the headlining act, Huey Lewis and the News. The health and wellbeing of our guests is paramount, and the lightening posed a serious threat to public safety for all attendees in the stands and on the ground, workers on stage, and crews managing sound and video. We understand our guests who purchased tickets to the event and traveled from around the country may be disappointed, and we are deeply sorry. All of us who have invested the past year into planning this event, including our 300+ volunteers, share your disappointment.
The Freedom Fest Board of Directors will meet in the coming weeks to examine our options and determine next steps. In the meantime, we encourage all Freedom Fest ticket holders to hang on to their event ticket stubs until further notice. We thank you for your understanding and patience. But most of all, we thank you for setting aside this important night to honor our Veterans, Service members, Fallen Heroes and their families, in whose honor we host this event every year.
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