Homegrown Music Festival and the associated Iron Range Invasion have been canceled, its director announced late Sunday night.

"We are taking an active and immediate approach to keep ourselves, attendees, performers, volunteers, sponsors, venues, production crew and all other staff safe and able to focus on maintaining a healthy distance from the possibility of contamination and spread of COVID-19," Melissa LaTour posted on the event's website.

The annual festival has grown to include approximately 200 bands with local ties, art, film and pop-up oddities during at dozens of venues in Duluth and Superior. This year's event, in its 22nd year, was scheduled for April 26-May 3.

"We have to cancel, I can't give people false hope," LaTour said in a Facebook message.

Members of the Homegrown steering committee met via video conference Sunday night for what LaTour described as an emotional decision.

"We are all exhausted," she said. "Very emotional and we are all devastated but thankful for a united front for safety."

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