Country Music Festival vendors will be paid, company says

They said they are looking at each vendor's request on a case-by-case basis, and the vast majority of them will be paid in full.

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2018 7:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Willamette Country Music Festival vendors will be paid for their work during this year's festival, a spokesperson with the festival's parent company said. 

The IMG spokesperson said they are reaching out to vendors to talk about paying their invoices. They said they are looking at each vendor's request on a case-by-case basis, and the vast majority of them will be paid in full.

They are not only reaching out to vendors who worked during the Willamette Country Music Festival, but also the Country Crossings Music Festival in Medford and Mountain Home Country Music Festival in Idaho.

Sue Revera, a vendor at the Willamette Country Music Festival and Country Crossings, said she has entered an agreement with IMG for an undisclosed amount of money.

"I believe that IMG is working through it and trying to rectify the situation and take care of us the best they can," Revera said.

Justin Starck, the athletic director for Thurston High School, said they have also been in contact with IMG and will be getting a check soon for close to what they are owed. During the festival, students, staff and parents worked to help benefit their softball and football teams.

Meanwhile, the Linn County Sheriff's Office now has 12 open investigations after 12 different vendors filed complaints against the festival over their missing money. But investigators said they don't know if this is a civil or criminal matter.

While the Linn County Board of Commissioners has revoked the festival's Brownsville permit, a spokesperson for IMG said no decision about the 2019 Willamette Country Music Festival has been made at this time.

Below is a document written by Linn County Attorney Gene Karandy about the decision:

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