Despite all of the rumors and crimson flags, Okeechobeings have been holding onto hope — however, it’s actually not going that Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is coming again subsequent yr.
In a November eighth assembly with the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, the County Administrator Robbie Chartier stated level clean: “It’s fairly secure to say there received’t be a competition this yr.”
As it seems, OMF hasn’t utilized for the required allow to carry a 2019 installment. Although organizers reportedly nonetheless personal the land, a allow is a obligatory step to lock down the occasion. In different phrases, it’s not trying good.
The 2018 music competition drew in 34,000 folks, with roughly 26,000 paid admissions, based on Lake Okeechobee News. Months after the fest, OMF shared an replace on September 13, which said, “Hang in there … data coming quickly.”
After an epic three years, Okee would most positively be going out on prime. Still, it could be a disgrace, contemplating how a lot music followers adore it and the type of tradition the competition has cultivated. For many, it has turn out to be extra than simply one other music competition, however a yearly custom.
It would possibly lastly be time to let go.