ROMP Festival indefinitely postponed

April 16, 2020

Don’t make any plans to attend ROMP just yet, as the event has been indefinitely postponed.

The 17th annual ROMP Festival was scheduled for June 24-27 at Yellow Creek Park, but it was officially announced Thursday the event would at least be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given the current uncertainty, the decision to pause and assess was made in consideration of the health and safety of attendees, artists, vendors, production crew, volunteers, staff and everyone involved,” said Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.


ROMP Festival serves as the primary fundraiser for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which is exploring all possible alternatives for the event. Once everything is in place, ROMP staff will communicate directly to current ticket holders and will provide ongoing updates at and social media outlets.

“There are so many moving parts to an outdoor event the size of ROMP that attracts people from over 40 states and nearly a dozen countries,” Joslin said. “It’s clear that June is not an option as state and local directives make it difficult to plan for the near-term. However, we are working through several options based on how soon our region begins moving beyond this crisis. Producing a safe event is priority number one.”

ROMP Festival creates a significant economic impact for the area, as more than 25,000 people annually attend the event.

“Bluegrass music is a major part of our identity, and ROMP is how many visitors experience Owensboro and Daviess County initially,” said President & CEO of Visit Owensboro Mark Calitri. “It’s an important gateway to discovering all that we have to offer as a community. The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a vital tourism partner, and Visit Owensboro will do all we can to support ROMP to ensure this signature event remains strong for our area.”


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April 16, 2020

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