John Lowell and Joanne Gardner Lowell with Mighty Fine Time, LLC - producers of the Livingston Hoot - have released the following statement, “While we could not be more proud of how well our community has battled this virus, we find it hard to imagine that there will be any way to safely gather thousands of friends, family and visitors on our Main Street this August. We have decided to postpone the Livingston Hoot until Thursday, August 5th, 2021.”
John Lowell adds, “Our headliner Marc Broussard and opening band Wylie and the Wild West will be back next year, and we'll have all of your favorite vendors, kids area fun and top-notch stage/sound/lights, as always. And by then, we will have learned how to manage an event like this to insure a safe and fun night for all.”
This August event would have been the 6th Livingston Hoot, which has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike and gathers the community on Livingston’s historic Main Street for Grammy caliber music, food vendors, a kids area and an opportunity for local non-profits to interact with the community. The event has been nominated for the Governor’s Tourism Event of the Year twice, which is amazing as it’s not advertised past the county. Last year, the Livingston Hoot capped off the first ever Give a Hoot community giving challenge, sponsored by the Park County Community Foundation, which helped raised over $1 million for 52 Park County nonprofits. Give a Hoot will take place this year from July 8th to August 6th, 2020.
“The Give a Hoot community giving challenge is a celebration of Park County and its deep commitment to helping each other. The Livingston Hoot was the perfect way to culminate that campaign” said Gavin Clark, Executive Director of the Park County Community Foundation. "Although Give a Hoot will march on without this year’s concert, we look forward to its return in 2021."
The festival producers and local photographer/filmmaker William Campbell created a clip with several past Hoot performers talking about how much they enjoyed the event and Livingston. You can watch that here: https://youtu.be/vaPDCrbyaZ0.
If you want to contribute to the Hoot, or volunteer for next year’s event, please go to the website at www.LivingstonHoot.com. Any funds collected this year are tax deductible and will be applied to next year’s event. For more information on the Give-A-Hoot giving challenge, please visit www.give-a-hoot.org.
“When we had to miss a year due to downtown infrastructure, we were so sad,” added Joanne Gardner Lowell. “The Hoot is one of my favorite parts of summer in Livingston and we can’t wait to see you all in 2021.”