By Beacon Staff
Midwest Old Threshers organizers announced this year’s national musical acts, confirming the annual festival will be returning in late August. The event went on hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
National country music stars Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, Carly Pearce, and Lorrie Morgan will take the stage during the five-day festival. In addition, the Old Threshers grounds will open up for the community’s annual swap meet and flea market in late May. Tickets to Old Threshers can be purchased at their website.
Old Threshers isn’t the only event coming back after a pandemic hiatus in 2020.
Though the annual Snake Alley Criterium has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, “A Very Vintage Market” will return in July. The Snake Alley Art Fair is slated for its regular spot on Father’s Day weekend.
The Jefferson Street Farmers Market, which operated in a limited capacity last year due to the pandemic, will return in May.
Burlington Riverfront Entertainment and Burlington Civic Music are already running live music events, and BRE will host an annual summer concert series featuring the likes of 1980s metal hairband Winger, The Pork Tornadoes, and other bands from June to September.
Rodeo action will also be returning to the area as well. Tri-State Rodeo officials in Fort Madison have already announced the return of the massive event for early September, and are promising more details in April.
Rodeo Coming Back To Burlington Next Weekend – Kind Of
SnowBull — the annual indoor rodeo held every March at Memorial Auditorium — was canceled months ago, but a replacement event is scheduled for the same weekend.
Titled “Mechanical SnowBull,” the event will feature a mechanical bull for anyone to ride starting at 7 p.m. March 12 and 13 at Memorial Auditorium. Attendees can ride the bull as many times as they like at $10 a pop, in addition to a $5 cover charge. The mechanical bull will be wiped down and sanitized after each ride.
The best rider in the men’s and women’s division will take home a $300 cash prize. There will also be live music and alcohol, with Stumptown taking the stage Friday night and Whiskey Bent playing Saturday night.
There are some restrictions at the event due to COVID-19. Face masks will be required while waiting in line for food and drink, and social distancing will be encouraged. Those who have been sick are asked to stay home.