MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Carolina Country Music Fest is officially a go for 2021.
The Myrtle Beach City Council granted CCMF’s organizers a special event permit for the four-day music festival.
This year’s headliners include Darius Rucker, Luke Combs and Eric Church.
The festival is scheduled to take place from June 10 through June 13 after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19. It will be held at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, located at 812 N. Ocean Blvd.
During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Bob Durkin, the founder of CCMF, laid out a plan to hold the massive festival safely.
Durkin said there will be temperature checks available for festival-goers, as well as rapid COVID-19 tests on hand in case someone starts to experience symptoms.
They’ll also post signage and run PSAs on recommended CDC guidelines to social distance when possible and wear face masks.
The biggest thing he encourages people to do if they plan to attend CCMF is get vaccinated.
“I think everyone’s learned in the last year how to be safe and if you do have symptoms, what they are,” Durkin said.
To help with public safety costs, $5 from each ticket sold goes to the city, which typically generates around $150,000.
However, because of the added COVID-19 expenses, Durkin asked city leaders to waive the fee this year.
Instead of canceling the fee, city council reduced it to $3 per ticket sold.
“The mayor is great. We’ve been talking consistently about what it’s [CCMF] going to do and what’s going to happen both with the same goal to put on a safe event,” Durkin said.
Mayor Brenda Bethune said CCMF is a big economic boost not just for the city, but the entire Grand Strand.
Bethune admits there’s always a level of concern, especially now with the pandemic. However, she said the area has made progress in lowering the spread of COVID-19.
“What is different this year from where we were last year this time is the vaccinations and the fact that so many people are taking that seriously and becoming vaccinated,” Bethune said. “So we hope this will be a very safe event, but we also hope it will be very successful.”
With the special event permit, the city will close a number of streets prior to, and during, the event, including:
- Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth avenues north
- Eighth Avenue North – All lanes and parking spaces from Kings Highway to Ocean Boulevard
- Chester Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenue north, and parking lanes
- Ninth Avenue North – Lane and parking spaces running eastbound from Kings Highway to Ocean Boulevard
- Eighth Avenue North Beach Access