WORTHINGTON — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has now resulted in what organizers are calling a postponement of this year’s Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival.

There’s a silver lining, though, to the news — while there will be no festival this summer, the event’s entire entertainment lineup for this year has been secured for 2021.

The event’s board of directors announced in a press release that the 2020 festival, featuring national headlining act Casey Donahew, would not take place as scheduled June 12-13, noting that “safety and consideration for all involved must come first.”

“After much thought and consideration, the Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 2020 event,” the press release said. “These decisions and discussions were not taken lightly as we know how important we all need this event, especially during this time. We are hopeful for your understanding with this difficult decision as we would like nothing more than to proceed.

“We are not cancelling the event — rather we are postponing to June 11 and 12, 2021 — and are happy to announce that Casey Donahew will be the headliner for 2021 along with the same lineup we had announced for 2020. This event is free to the public with all operating revenue from the festival coming from sponsors, registrations, food vendor fees and beverage sales.”

The remainder of the 2020 (now 2021) lineup is set to include country music singer and Minnesota native Ben Johnson, Minnesota-based country band Up South, Minnesota State Fair and Twin Cities bar veterans Bootleg, and top 40 classic rock, classic country and Top 40 cover band Sweet Siren, also of Minnesota.

“I look forward to Regatta 2021 on Sailboard Beach for what I think will again be the best one yet,” said Josh Miller, Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival President.

“Our event has grown over the past years and has become a very special event, bringing us all together for entertainment and celebration of the beginning of summer,” added Barry Roberts, who heads the Regatta’s music committee. “We want to thank the local businesses that support our event, as well as the community and the city of Worthington.

“On behalf of the Worthington Regatta and Music Festival, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to 2021 when we can again gather together in celebration. Please stay well and safe.”