To stop the spread of coronavirus, many local events have been postponed or canceled.
The E-T has compiled a list of community events that have decided to cancel until further notice.
Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival: For the first time in 32 years, Stephenville’s popular five-day music festival scheduled for April 20-25 has been postponed to Oct. 19-24. A press release was posted on their Facebook page Monday morning announcing the schedule change.
All current ticket, camping, parking and VIP holders for the April 2020 event are valid and the LJT family and crew are currently developing options for those who would like to transfer their tickets/camping to October 2020, April 2021 or would like a refund. They will start notifying ticket holders by email along with the options and procedures to move forward on Monday, March 23 and they said they expect to have everyone notified by Friday, March 27.
Taylor released a statement as well, saying that all of the artists and agents have been contacted and as of 10 a.m. Monday, they have confirmed 75 percent of those artists including all six of their headliners.
“For the last 31 years, I have looked forward to the end of April and making new friends and memories,” Taylor wrote in his statement. “As of this morning, (Monday) I am now looking forward to October and making new friends and memories. We truly are a big wonderful music family and we will survive. I will see y’all around a campfire in October.”
Burgers for Backpack Buddies luncheon: Backpack Buddies of Erath County made a Facebook post on Friday morning to cancel the luncheon that was supposed to take place on Friday, March 27. The luncheon is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Backpack Buddies and donations will be accepted. To donate, message the Backpack Buddies of Erath County Facebook page and one of the board members will pick up a check. An electronic payment option is also available via PayPal at paypal.me/bpberath.
Erath County Habitat for Humanity garage sale: The Habitat for Humanity garage sale that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 28 has now been canceled as of last Saturday. Habitat for Humanity hopes to reschedule the event as soon as possible.
Tarleton School of Engineering job fair: The Tarleton School of Engineering job fair that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 19 has been postponed and will reschedule at a later date.
As several universities and schools make the transition to online teaching, huge social events around the world have been postponed as well, according to the New York Times.
• NBA: Season suspended after a March 11 game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder after a player for the Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus.
• Major League Soccer: Season suspended for at least 30 days.
• National Hockey League: Season suspended.
• Major League Baseball: Pushed back its season opening by at least two weeks and suspended training games.
• N.C.A.A.: Canceled men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments, in addition to all remaining winter and spring N.C.A.A. championships.
• South by Southwest festival: Austin canceled the 34th annual South by Southwest festival after many tech companies withdrew their participation.
• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: The Houston rodeo was shut down last Wednesday, only a week into the event.
• Coachella: Organizers have Coachella have made the decision to postpone the event until October.
• Walt Disney World Resort: Disney World closed on Sunday, March 15 and will be closed through the end of the month.
• Disneyland Paris Resort and Disney Cruise Line: The Disneyland Paris Resort and the Disney Cruise Line, which operates four ships that can carry over 13,000 people closed on Sunday, March 15 and will be closed through the end of the month.
• Disneyland: Only the fourth time in its 65-year history, Disneyland resort in California closed on Saturday, March 14 and will be closed the rest of the month.
LIVE TALK SHOWS:
• The View: Last Wednesday, ABC’s “The View” taped the daytime talk show without a studio audience.
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers: According to NBC, both shows are suspending production this week.
• Talking Dead: Talking Dead, the live talk show that takes place each Sunday following each new episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” canceled its Sunday episode. AMC has also put pre-production of Season 11 of “The Walking Dead” on hold.
The E-T will update local cancellations of community events as they become available.