The Classic Rock Fest 2019 event that was to be held at the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green has been canceled.
The event was to run Sept. 21 and feature a selection of rock acts that made their names in the 1970s including Molly Hatchet, the Pat Travers Band, Blackfoot, Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter.
Promoter Craig Wolf has been putting on rock events in Ohio and Southeast Michigan since 2004. Poor ticket sales were cited as the reason for the cancellation.
“Only sold 380 tickets and needed 2,000 to make it work,” Wolf stated in an email to the Sentinel-Tribune.
The Sentinel-Tribune was informed of the cancellation by Bobby Ingram, the lead singer of Molly Hatchet. The Wood County Fairgrounds was notified Aug. 26.
While the website appears to be still selling tickets, the weblink for ticketing agent Eventgroove.com was canceled and it is not possible to buy tickets through the site.
The Eventgroove ticket purchasing page states, “Artists and lineup subject to change. Rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.” Wolf has indicated that tickets will be refunded and tickets already purchased can be used for a rescheduled event.
“The event not taking place was determined and made known via 94.5 WXKR (FM radio) on the first of September, three weeks prior to the event. Refunds will be issuing ASAP. I’m waiting on the final email list of people who bought off eventgroove.com. I will then contact them via email regarding their refunds,” Wolf stated.
Wolf is looking at rescheduling the event for a June date. Bands have yet to be scheduled.
“The event was supposed to be a 40th anniversary Speedway Jam, but got squashed when the track got bought by ARCA. So I wanted to use the Fairgrounds. So maybe next summer will be a better turnout,” Wolf stated. “Tickets are good for new date.”