LEON, W.Va. — Mason County is preparing to welcome country music lovers for the Second Annual Peck Fest.
The festival is July 22-23 at Kanawha River Campground and “buzz” has been building for this year’s event which will feature headliners Chris Janson and Kane Brown, along with Krista Hughes, a contestant on “The Voice” who was part of Team Blake, and many other popular bands from the area.
Ticket sales have been brisk, according to Garry Peck, festival organizer, who said this year’s event is expected to surpass attendance for the 2015 Inaugural Peck Fest which hosted headliners Joe Diffie and Rodney Atkins. Peck said ticket sales have already tripled from last year and several campers have booked sites at his Kanwaha River Campground for the festival as well.
“Our expectations are very high” Peck said of this year’s festival.
Peck Fest got its name from Peck, a native of Mason County who wanted to bring those summer music festivals closer to home. Rather than driving hours for that festival, it can now be found less than 10 miles outside Point Pleasant.
Peck said he got the headliners he was after in Janson and Brown. Janson is known for his 2015 hit “Buy Me a Boat” and Brown is known for the songs “Used to Love You Sober” and “There Goes My Everything,” with his first EP released in March after signing with RCA Nashville.
Although the headliners are country artists, rock bands have been thrown into the lineup as well. That lineup includes:
Friday, July 22: 5 – 5:45 p.m., The Tangle Roots; 6 – 6:45 p.m., Krista Hughes; 7 – 7:45 p.m., Mason Dixon; 8 – 8:45 p.m., Corey Hager; 9 p.m., Chris Janson.
Saturday, July 23: 2-2:45 p.m. Brave New World; 3 – 3:45 p.m., Randy Tibbetts/Mindy and Josh Adkins; 4 – 4:45 p.m., Cochran Brother Band; 5 – 5:45 p.m., Joey D & The Dub-V; 6 – 6:45 p.m., 5:42; 7 – 7:45 p.m., Matt Matheney; 8:00 – 8:45 p.m., Back Road Anthem; 9 p.m., Kane Brown.
This year, a festival committee of local community members was formed to help with the planning. A percentage of profits off the venue each year will now go back into Mason County, with that committee voting on where the money goes. Peck said the committee will be looking at donating proceeds to fire departments, little leagues and other groups involved in the county. The idea behind this is to help the county grow as the festival grows.
Tickets are required to attend Peck Fest. For more information on Peck Fest, how to purchase tickets and camping information, go to peckfest at www.peckfest.com. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Peck Fest can also be followed on Facebook. Kids ages 10 and younger get into Peck Fest for free.
Again, camping facilities, restrooms and concessions available on site throughout the entire festival.
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