LANCASTER — The 2020 Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival has been canceled, event organizer Rich Ruoff said in a statement this week.
Ruoff said he needs to focus on caring for his wife, Claudia, who is suffering from brain cancer.
“It is with my sincerest apologies that we have to cancel the 2020 festival,” Ruoff’s statement said. “My wonderful wife Claudia was diagnosed last November 2018 with glioblastoma, an awful form of brain cancer. We managed (barely) to put the 2019 festival on but as the disease has progressed it has become clear I won’t be able to be both a caregiver and give the next festival the attention it needs to be a great event.”
The statement said the festival will resume in 2021, and that he would contact anyone who had already purchased tickets for the 2020 event.
LancasterOnline reported earlier this year that Ruoff owed an estimated $200,000 in payments related to the festival, but the website reported this week that Ruoff said most of his bills for the show were either being paid or already had been paid.