Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, center, has issued a statement on the cancellation of Grizzly Fest for 2020.

published on January 15, 2020 - 4:52 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand has issued a statement regarding the announcement that Grizzly Fest will not be held this year.

The promoters of Grizzly Fest announced on Facebook early Wednesday that the music and arts festival “will be in hibernation in 2020 as we continue negotiations with the City of Fresno on securing a long term agreement.”

Mayor Brand’s statement, issued Wednesday afternoon, reads:

“My Administration and I have worked very closely with the organizers of Grizzly Fest to bring quality entertainment to the area and we look forward to continuing our relationship on terms that are mutually satisfactory both to them and to the taxpayers of the City of Fresno who I was elected to protect and serve. We have discussed different long-term arrangements, subject to City Council approval, but have yet to come to agreement.”

Exactly what those long-term arrangements entail is not known, as messages left for Aren Hekimian, CEO of the I.A.N. Group, which puts on Grizzly Fest, were not immediately returned.

Grizzly Fest has been held at Fresno’s Woodward Park for the last couple of years. It was previously hosted at Chukchansi Park.

Related story — Organizers: Grizzly Fest won’t be held this year

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