The show will not go on, Symphony in the Flint Hills canceled after storms

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COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. (KAKE) -

"There were some tears shed definitely today," says Gwen Overmeyer, the Director of Engagement for Symphony in the Flint Hills.

After overnight storms tore through Chase County, Gwen Overmeyer and her team made the tough call to first postpone the event, but later learned more storms coming in Saturday night would force them to cancel.

"This is the first time in 14 years we're canceling...it was crushing to make a decision like this. It would be much happier for all of us if we were to have this event," says Overmeyer. 

Four of the event's main tents were destroyed in the storms. Winds Friday night reached up to 70 miles per hour. The team thought it might be possible at first to reconstruct the site, but after consulting with the National Weather Service, learned they were at risk of another destructive night.

Thousands of ticket holders won't get their money back, because the event has a no refund policy. 

"We'll figure out something for the 2019 ticket holders, we're just not sure what yet. We're just asking for patience and graciousness as we get through this," says Overmeyer. 

She also says she won't rule out any additional events in the future to make up for the cancellation. 

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