Luke Bryan has announced that his annual Farm Tour will not be taking place this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic on Thursday (July 23). The tour has taken place for the last 11 consecutive years.
“To all my farm tour fans out there” Bryan began in a statement on social media. “I’m sad to announce the 2002 Farm Tour shows will not happen due to COVID-19. We’ve been going strong for the past 11 consecutive years so this one really hurts. We have looked at all kinds of ways to continue with the shows this year but couldn’t come up with a solution to give y’all the full Farm Tour experience while keeping everyone safe. Until next year! Love y’all. Luke Bryan.”
Bryan’s Farm Tour takes place annually on stages set up on harvest fields of local farms across the United States.
The country superstar started the annual Farm Tour as a way to bring full production concerts to small towns that wouldn’t see large scale shows. As he grew up in the rural area of Georgia and experienced having to drive to larger cities to see concerts.
“The idea behind this tour is to bring full production concerts to small towns that would not see larger scale shows,” shared Bryan in 2019. “Growing up in rural Georgia we had to drive to larger cities to see concerts. It is so exciting to watch each of these shows being built like a small city in itself in the empty pasture land of these farms. We can feel the pride from the people in these towns as well as the farmers and it takes everyone coming together to pull them off!!”
More 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. Luke will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 60 scholarships have been granted.