MARTIN, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time in 23 years, organizers have canceled day two of the B-93 Birthday Bash.
Organizers spread the news on social media early Sunday morning and posted on Twitter, saying, “Unfortunately, after consulting with law enforcement, and looking at the weather and ground saturation, Birthday Bash 23 Day 2 is cancelled.”
“Early this morning, we talked to officials and took a look at ground conditions and the weather forecast and we had lightning at the time and we made the decision to cancel the Sunday B-93 (Birthday Bash),” Tim Feagan, the market president with B-93 Birthday Bash, told 24 Hour News 8.
Country music fans braved some rain on Saturday to attend the annual event at the US-131 Motorsports Park in Martin. Saturday’s performances included Kip Moore, Jake Owen and Maddie and Tae.
But as storms continued through the evening and overnight, many areas of West Michigan were soaked, including the motorsports park.
“We had puddling water and the ground was really soft and we just didn’t want people trying to get cars and getting stuck out here today,” Feagan said.
Organizers said canceling Sunday’s event was a difficult decision to make, but they wanted to make sure everyone would be safe.
“We’re very disappointed. We had a great lineup today with Sam Hunt and Montgomery Gentry and I think the fans were looking forward to it. We were looking forward to it. We’re all disappointed that based upon the weather and the safety factor, we made the right call,” Feagan told 24 Hour News 8.
Sunday’s lineup was scheduled to include Montgomery Gentry, Frankie Ballard, Sam Hunt, Raelynn and Cadillac Three.
Organizers said anyone who purchased reserved tickets will get a full refund. People who bought the two-day parking passes will be able to bring them to next year’s event as a ‘rain check’ and will be able to use it for either Saturday or Sunday parking.