Million Dollar Music Fest

Midland’s Jess Carson and Mark Wystrach rock out during their headlining performance at the inaugural Million Dollar Music Fest in 2019. The Town Square event has been postponed for 2020, another casualty of the coronavirus.

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The latest round of coronavirus-related cancellations took down Old West Days and tried to bring down two other events that typically occur during the 10 days of May festivities.

But the Million Dollar Music Fest and ElkFest aim to rise from the ashes.

In a press release Tuesday, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of Old West Days, which had been scheduled for May 16 through May 25.

But the Million Dollar Music Fest, set for May 24 with Midland headlining for a second year, and ElkFest, scheduled for May 16 and 17, “will be postponed to dates that will be announced later in the year,” a chamber release said.

Organizers for the Million Dollar Music Fest are already working to nail down new details for the event, which they now aim to hold in the fall.

VIP tickets already purchased will be honored for the new date. For those who have purchased tickets but will be unable to attend the rescheduled show, refund information will be available soon at

“Just like Jackson Hole, the state and the entire country, The Million Dollar Music Fest will be back bigger and better than ever,” said Jim Waldrop, president of Silver Dollar Inc., in a statement. “We look forward to the time when we’ll again gather on the Town Square for good times and great music.”

But 2020 will be a year without Old West Days.

“The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the event’s planning committees, has decided that cancellation of the festival is the right decision in supporting our commitment to our communities’ health and safety and adhering to town and county recommendations,” the release said.

“The 10-day festival is a celebration of Jackson’s history and culture, a culture that’s current focus is community,” it read. “The ‘Old West’ looks forward to welcoming visitors and proudly displaying its character when it’s safe to do so again.”

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