MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) - Hundreds of vendors left were in limbo after the cancelation of Bonnaroo earlier this week.

On Tuesday, organizers canceled the 2021 Bonnaroo because of excessive rainfall due to Hurricane Ida's remnants. The announcement left ticket holders now with travel and hotel costs, but they were not the only ones feeling the pain.

Vendors prepared to serve those attending the festival are now facing a severe financial crunch. Funnel cakes, pork rinds, and shaved ice were all things Leah and James Crouch planned to sell on the farm this weekend.

"People love it. I mean they go to other places, and they come back, and they're like 'we want yours,'" said Leah Crouch.

The Bonnaroo cancelation has left vendors such as Leah and James Crouch scrambling. The couple said they were counting on the thousands of dollars that now they won't be making.

"It's very, very heartbreaking to see good honest people," Leah Crouch said. "Everybody was set up, trying to make a little money, have a good time, and be able to enjoy."

The Crouches paid Coffee County $50 for a business license and $200 for a permit. The county refunded them for the license, but when it comes to the permit, she said the county refused.

"And I said, 'Thank you, sir. I'll make sure I get in touch with our local news so that everybody can see this is kind of corrupt, in my opinion," Leah Crouch said. "I mean, you should give everyone their $200 back and go on your way."

Vendors was just one group of people impacted by the cancelation of Bonnaroo. Twenty Belmont University students were about to get the opportunity of a lifetime and work the festival. However, Mother Nature canceled their plans. 

Bonnaroo has hundreds of vendors that come from far and wide to work at the festival.

"A guy from Florida came down here. He had $35,000 in just meat," said Leah Crouch. "It's devastating for them, and it breaks my heart because I have a heart for others."

News4 contacted the Coffee County Codes Department to ask about refunds for Bonnaroo permits. The clerk who answered said she would have someone return our call. The call has not been returned.

 

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