Eagle’s Bonfire Block Party postponed until late August
Organizers will announce the lineup of musical acts in the near future, as they can be rescheduled
Bonfire Brewing and Optimum Events Wednesday announced that the 2020 Bonfire Block Party is postponed to the last weekend in August.
This year marks the eighth annual Bonfire Block Party. Originally slated for June 12-14, the new dates are August 28-30. The annual Eagle Outside Fest that takes place in tandem with Block Party is also postponed until August.
A refund process for ticket holders unable to attend in August will be available via the Bonfire Block Party website within the next week. Tickets purchased for the original June dates will be applied to the new August dates with no action needed.
Bonfire Brewing co-owner Amanda Jessen said the decision to postpone the event was difficult, but not really a surprise.
“Now that a bunch of other things have cancelled, this is less of a surprise,” Jessen said.
And, while the current statewide stay-home and other health orders are currently slated to expire April 26, Jessen noted there’s no way now to know if that date will be extended.
It’s also uncertain how ready the community might be for what’s become one of the valley’s signature summer kick-off events.
“We thought if we couldn’t have the spirit and the vibe… it’s best to postpone,” Jessen said. “We want people to be in the right mindset, the right mood… There’s a better chance of doing that in August.”
Eagle Mayor-elect Scott Turnipseed said postponing the annual event is something that’s going on everywhere. The event had become a major way to get people to Eagle, along with the town’s bike trails. Now, after years of work, people are being asked to stay away for a while.
And, while some of the town’s trails are set to open April 15, Turnipseed said there’s been some talk about making some trails one way, so people don’t have to come in close contact passing on singletrack trails.
“It’s a bummer — the town would love (to have) it,” Turnipseed said. But, he added, the event couldn’t legally be held under currrent state orders.
Bonfire and its event partner, Optimum Events, are working to keep the original band lineup and all other weekend plans intact. Jessen said announcements about bands will be coming soon.
Jessen said event organizers have been in contact with performers, and it looks like many will be able to come in late August. But, she added, there’s a sizable scramble across the live music business to try to re-book performers whose dates in March, April, May and June have been postponed or cancelled.
“With circumstances far out of our control, we’re more grateful to the town of Eagle, our ticket buyers, the bands, and our partners than ever before,” Jessen said in a press release. “Over the last few weeks, keeping the Bonfire family safe and together has been our top priority, and we’re relieved that that has been possible so far. With the announcement of the (new August) dates, we’re excited to all have something to look forward to, and ready to bring our community the best Bonfire Block Party yet, circumstances permitting.”
Optimum Events owner Ted Wenninger said his firm is working to the original lineup intact as much as possible. “We’re driven to keep the Bonfire Block Party going not only for the community here in Eagle, but also for all the artists, vendors, and staff that have seen their livelihoods disappear.”
Turnipseed noted “there’s not a lot we can do about this,” adding that Eagle, like much of the U.S., is still in the first phase of the pandemic, trying to control its spread.
The second phase will be re-opening the economy. Turnipseed remained optimistic that the annual Eagle Flight Days celebration could go on as planned the last weekend in June. But there’s simply no way to know at this point.
For more information and to buy tickets online, go to http://www.bonfireblockparty.com.