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Kansas City’s Acclaimed Winter Storm – The Pipes & Drums Event Cancelled for 2021

June 28, 2020

Contact: Beth Wilson,

Kansas City, Missouri –  Winter Storm competitions, workshops, and concerts presented here annually for the past 19 years have been cancelled for 2021, it was announced this week.

“The decision to cancel the 2021 events, which had been set for January 14-17, was difficult for the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Board of Directors, according to Winter Storm President Beth Wilson, Centerville, KS. “But in light of the current public health crisis, directives from local, state, federal and international governments we felt it was necessary.”

“Given the significant amount of advance planning and the significant personal resources that our attendees devote to the event, the Board with this announcement is providing certainty so that the more than 1,000 individuals who travel to Kansas City each year to join in can plan their calendar accordingly,” Ms. Wilson said.

“We understand this is a disappointment for everyone involved with the annual Winter Storm weekend, which has been presented continuously since January, 2002. However, our primary responsibility is the health and safety of the competitors, workshop attendees, faculty, sponsors, volunteers, and the thousands of supporters who have made our event the success that it is today.”

The Board of Directors is currently evaluating the possible option of offering a virtual competition for some or all of our regularly scheduled events, but has not made a decision at this time whether that will be a viable option for competitors, judges, and spectators. Be sure to check the for future updates.

This year’s members of the Board of Directors in addition to Ms. Wilson include: Mark Fullington, Director/Vice President; Stacey D. Parker, Director/Treasurer; Roger McCrummen, Director/Secretary; and Don Forsyth, Director.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Kansas City in January 2022.