SALT LAKE CITY — The contentious Collin Raye concert that has been chased out of Kaysville and Tooele due to COVID-19 concerns is heading to Iron County later this month.
Eric Moutsos, founder of Utah Business Revival, announced on Facebook that the concert is moving to the Iron Springs Adventure Resort in unincorporated Iron County June 13 and is being touted as an event for small businesses in Utah.
Moutsos says the event has the support of the Iron County Commission, Washington County, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Iron County Attorney. The announcement comes just days after Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens attended Moutsos’ picnic event in Tooele that replaced the concert.
The concert is being moved to Iron County thanks to Cozzens’ offer, Moutsos said.
“With all due respect to my fellow commissioners in Tooele County, one of the main reasons I attended the event ... was to announce that Iron County is open for business and that we will host the Collin Raye concert on private property on the 13th of June,” Cozzens said.
Iron County Commissioner Alma Adams said the commission is in agreement on holding the concert and that they’ve been helping Moutsos with the logistics of the event like safety and waste disposal.
Adams said the county sheriff’s office has been contacted and will be there to help with security, and the county’s private ambulance service will have a presence as well. He also said there is a local group that will be helping with parking and traffic control.
“I think things are being done properly and carefully,” Adams said. “It’s not going to be done willy-nilly in any way.”
He said they are concerned with the safety and well-being of people who wish to attend the event because of the ongoing pandemic and encouraged some to stay home.
“If you feel uncomfortable, then please don’t come. We just want people to be really careful and distance and wear their masks and enjoy their evening,” Adams said.
Chad Dotson, Iron County attorney, said he knows about the concert and has been in talks with the county commissioners about it.
“Our position is that they are going to have to apply for a permit and the commission will ultimately have to decide to approve it,” Dotson said. “That hasn’t happened yet, but it sounds like it’s in the works.”
He encouraged the concert organizers and attendees to practice safe social distancing and sanitation and to follow the current yellow risk guidelines issued by the state for dealing with the spread of the virus. He also said he hopes that Utah will be in the green risk phase by the time the concert takes place.
Moutsos’ concert was originally going to be held in Kaysville with permission from Mayor Katie Witt until it faced heavy criticism from citizens and the City Council. Moutsos and his group are opposed to pandemic-related restrictions on people and businesses.
The concert was then moved to a private venue in Tooele, catching the County Commission off guard and spurring it into action. Days before the concert was scheduled to happen, the Tooele County Health Department issued a notice of closure to the venue, and the order was quickly followed by an injunction that restrained the venue from holding a concert.
Moutsos took issue with the way Tooele County handled the concert, saying “the hypocrisy is out of control” because a BMX event was being held in Tooele the same day as the concert. He said thousands of people were at the event.
“The county attorney for Tooele said, ‘You know you don’t get to pick and choose laws.’ Well, Tooele County is picking and choosing winners and losers based on how much money they’re giving,” Moutsos said.
“I was disappointed that one of the reasons cited for the cancellation was because of COVID-19, but at the same time a BMX and softball event with very large crowds assembled to participate,” Cozzens said.
Other Iron County officials were unavailable for comment.
Correction: An earlier version misidentified the Iron Springs Adventure Resort as the Springs Adventure Resort.