Firefly announces return in late September

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The Firefly Music Festival announced its return in the fall.

The event made the announcement on its websites without any details and with a cryptic message on its Twitter feed.

Firefly is held in the Woodlands area at Dover International Speedway. Speedway owner Dover Motorsports receives some of the proceeds from the festival.

The festival had earlier indicated it would return in June.A high number of coronavirus cases, with an uptick coming in the last week led many people to write off the event during its usual June time frame.

blankLast year, the Delaware Division of Health allowed the summer State Fair to go forward, with the event not leading to an outbreak of Covid-19.However, Firefly involves camping and people in close contact with one another over an extended period, all factors in the spread of the virus.

At the same time, a majority of the population should have received vaccine by late September and the event could require all attendees to have received jabs.

The Division of Health confirmed it “has been in communication with Firefly organizers, AEG, regarding their anticipated fall festival. Event organizers are aware they will need a formal plan approval from the agency before the event takes place. We will continue to actively work with the organizers to ensure their plan meets all necessary health and safety requirements and the necessary mitigation and safety measures are in place.”

Prior to the pandemic, the festival had seen an upturn in attendance, despite not have many classic rock bands and performers.

The festival provides a boost to the Central Delaware economy. If the event is held it would lessen the impact of the loss of Dover International Speedways second weekend, which comes in the fall.

That race has been moved to the speedway’s companion track near Nashville.

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