The Steel Creek Campground free summer concert at Buffalo National River has been cancelled for 2020, announce the Buffalo National River Partners that helps to sponsor the event.

The concert, planned this year for July 18, allows the Buffalo National River Partners to educate the public about its mission, volunteer opportunities, support for the Buffalo National River, to hopefully gain new members and secure the renewal of present members.

The family-oriented event is co-sponsored by Adventure Subaru of Fayetteville and Jeff Dickerson of Shreveport, Louisiana. National Park Radio, a nationally known local band, has provided the folk/bluegrass music for the past four-years.

River partners officials said Arkansas is currently in phase one of its reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, but with positive test numbers continuing to rise statewide there is too much uncertainty for when Phases II or III will begin. "BNRP looks forward to continuing the concert for the summer of 2021," its officials say.

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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