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2020 Paso Pops event canceled

Posted at 9:29 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 21:50:23-05

An annual July 4 tradition in Paso Robles won’t be happening this year.

According to Paso Pops Chair Steve Cass, “the financial risk for such a large event turned out to be too great for our small non-profit.”

Thousands have enjoyed the Paso Pops Independence Day celebration, concert and fireworks extravaganza udnerwitten by the Paderewski Festival since 2016. Last year’s event at the Paso Robles Event Center even included military cannon blasts for sound effects.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to past sponsors for their support. Without them could not have had the four year run,” Cass wrote in a post on Paso Pops’ website. “We also would like to thank the 100+ volunteers who worked on the day of the event and the 20 volunteers who worked to organize the event for six months each year. Finally, thanks to the Paso Robles Event Center, local wineries, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Without them, there would have been no event at all!”

Cass says they are considering other options and “hope to return with a sustainable music program and wine program that is equally entertaining for the community.”

There are no other events that include fireworks in Paso Robles on the Fourth of July.