HUNTSVILLE, AL - It's a story we brought you exclusively Thursday on WHNT NEWS 19 at 6:00. Big Spring Jam is cancelled this year. Come September, you won't be seeing tens of thousands of people packing Big Spring Park like you have for the past 17 years.

Big Spring Jam promoters declined to speak with us Thursday evening, but Friday morning, the VBC released a statement saying the reason for the cancellation is current construction in the downtown area.

"The overwhelming amount of construction in the downtown area has caused the stage locations to be severely restricted," said Steve Maples, VBC Executive Director. "The Von Braun Center is a key operational component for distribution of equipment and support of Big Spring Jam. Current renovation projects prevent the VBC from being able to fully support the Jam as it has since the inception of the Jam."

Many in Huntsville don't like the news about this year's Jam being called off.

"I don't think it should be cancelled. It has been here for years," said Huntsville Resident George Jackson.

Jackson has gone to music festival 10 times over the years. He was looking forward to the event's 18th year because of what it offers.

"The groups that they get here, the good music, and seeing all of the old friends come in," added Jackson.

The city of Huntsville was the only one talking at the time the story broke. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle's Office had this to say:

"While we understand the difficult financial circumstances the event has faced, we are disappointed that the organizers of the Big Spring Jam have opted to cancel this year's event. Mayor Tommy Battle and our city realize the importance of the event to our community and have already begun discussions with several groups that have expressed interest in hosting a similar event downtown. The Jam has been an incredible event for our community for nearly 20 years and we'd like to thank the thousands of volunteers, workers and patrons who have supported it during this time. In addition to working diligently to provide new musical events downtown this summer, we're looking forward to a new, improved and more financially solvent Big Spring Jam returning in 2011."

The Mayor's Office is not the only one who sees the 2010 cancellation as a huge blow to the community. Panoply officials are also talking.

"On behalf of the Arts Council, we're sad to to hear that Big Spring Jam is not going to be functioning this year," said Arts Council President Chris Robinson.

Cindy Johnson is a mother. She's used to taking her family to Big Spring Jam.

"It identifies Huntsville. People around the country know about Big Spring Jam," said Johnson. "It's kind of sad. The kids love it. It's a great place to bring family," added Johnson.

Since its debut in 1993, Big Spring Jam has donated almost half a million dollars to area charities, health and human services agencies, and arts and entertainment organizations.

The Jam's organizers say they do plan to host Big Spring Jam again in 2011, in downtown Huntsville.