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NQC Board of Directors Announce Fall Festival Event Plans, Suspension of NQC 2020 Due to State Government Mandates

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 28, 2020) – Due to state government orders for the month of September in regards to social distancing and crowd limits, NQC 2020 has been suspended. The alternate event, the NQC Fall Festival, will now take place from September 27 – October 3, 2020 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.
“It breaks our heart that, after 63 straight years, NQC will not occur in 2020,” states Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President of the National Quartet Convention, Inc. “Though we are saddened by this, we are thankful that existing orders will allow us to do the alternate Fall Festival event for the benefit of the artists and Gospel Music fans, who still plan to come to Pigeon Forge from all over the country.”
Details for the NQC Fall Festival event are as follows:
  • The NQC Fall Festival will take place September 27 – October 3, 2020
  • The LeConte Center will be set with 1,500 chairs socially distanced 6’ apart by pairs
  • The main stage of the Fall Festival will be set up at one end instead of in the round.
  • Admission for the NQC Fall Festival will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The event is currently on sale and will be a general admission event.
  • NQC customers will either have their admission for NQC 2020 refunded or applied to next year. It will be each customer’s choice.
  • Artists who perform in the Fall Festival will have displays set up in the Greenbriar ballroom, and the displays will be sufficiently distanced apart. There is plentiful space in the Greenbriar to allow for distancing between and in front of the displays.
  • For NQC Fall Festival, a webcast will be made available to subscribers and details are available at NQConline.com
A complete schedule of the NQC Fall Festival option is available on www.nqconline.com.
ABOUT NQC:
NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
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