CEDAR CITY, Utah — The controversial Collin Raye concert has finally found a home.
Sheriff Ken Carpenter said he’s not worried that bringing 5,000-6,000 people into Iron County for the concert could potentially bring COVID-19 with them.
“Our campgrounds, especially the BLM campgrounds, have been extremely full,” said Carpenter. “It’s coming regardless, whether it’s in the form of a concert or people just passing through.”
The concert will be held Saturday outdoors at the Iron Springs Adventure Resort after Kaysville City and Tooele County both rejected the concert plans.
Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens said this could be huge for his county after they’ve canceled the Shakespeare Festival and other events for the summer.
“It’s devastating to our local businesses,“ said Cozzens. “We felt like it would help out local businesses to book some rooms, fill some restaurants and have an outdoor concert.”
Iron County, Cozzens said, is a great place for the concert because there’s a lot of room.
“If you’re worried about it though,” said Cozzens. “Then maybe bow out on this one.”
Eric Moutsos, the founder of Utah Business Revival who is organizing the concert, said face masks and hand sanitizer have been donated for those as the concert.
There will also be hand washing stations throughout the venue — everything Moutsos has wanted for the concert since the beginning.
“Hopefully it’s a testament to Utah, that we will not give up and have our rights taken away from us,” said Moutsos.
Moutsos said he has about 100 business lined up to be there — a lot coming from Cedar City.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and is free: utahrevival.com