IMAGES | Second day of Bourbon & Beyond Festival canceled because of weather conditions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The second day of the Bourbon & Beyond Festival has been canceled due to Saturday's weather.

According to a post on the festival's official Facebook page, the rainy conditions caused the City of Louisville to declare Champions Park unsafe.

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“The cumulative effect of the persistent rain has made it impossible to adequately prepare the grounds to hold a second consecutive festival day. It’s always difficult to make a decision like this, but safety has to be first and foremost,” said Marty Storch, director of special events for the city of Louisville, in a released statement.

Festival producer Danny Hayes said in a released statement, "Our team worked so hard to bring an unprecedented festival experience to Louisville. While it is disappointing to have to cancel Day 2, we think the 25,000 fans who braved the weather got a real feeling for where this festival is headed. We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to keep the festival going on Saturday.”

Hayes issued a further statement on Sunday afternoon, "This morning’s decision to cancel was a difficult one. We have deep respect for the city’s determination to do everything it could to keep the festival going yesterday. But we also agree with the decision that safety must come first. We will be back next year bigger than ever. In everything, there is a silver lining. We are overwhelmed with the calls and e-mails of support we have received this morning from our partners and friends in Louisville. This is truly an incredible city. We encourage everyone to take advantage today of all of the city’s great museums, attractions and establishments and look forward to seeing you all next weekend at Louder Than Life.”

Festival organizers say people who purchased tickets are eligible for the following refunds:

- Sunday Single Day Ticket: 100 percent refund of your ticket price

- Two-day Weekend Ticket: 50 percent refund of your ticket price

- Hotel + Ticket Packages: 50 percent refund of your ticket price; unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on the hotel portion of the package.

- Camping Passes: 50 percent refund of your ticket price

The above refunds apply to all GA, VIP, Beyond VIP and camping tickets at the originally purchased price level.

People who purchased via Front Gate Tickets via internet or phone will have their order processed automatically. It could take up to three weeks for charges to be processed.

Click here if you purchased tickets at the box office.

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