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Organizers of Vortex2020 initially hoped to bring festival to Milo McIver State Park this summer

COURTESY PHOTO - An anniversary event for Vortex I, initially planned for this August, will take place next summer.

Vortex2020 has joined the list of events to be canceled or postponed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those involved with the project announced on Monday, March 30, that the festival would be rescheduled to 2021.

"As the response to the coronavirus pandemic becomes more comprehensive, it has become more clear that the disruptions to daily life and the effects on the economy will last longer than previously estimated," they wrote in an email.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life, the first state-sponsored rock festival, organizers of Vortex2020 initially planned to bring musicians with ties to Oregon to Milo McIver State Park in Estacada for the event on Aug. 22 and 23. Rather than purchasing tickets, those interested in attending would complete a community service project.

Oregon State Parks, musicians and nonprofit organizations across the state were involved with organizing Vortex2020, and they plan to continue their work with next summer's event.

"Challenging times are ahead for Oregon, but our commitment to the event remains strong and we look forward to celebrating the grit, determination and spirit of Oregonians in 2021," said MG Devereux, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department deputy director.

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