Jefferson Co. Considers Ban on Big Music Festivals
Jefferson County commissioners are considering banning large music festivals in the county.
County commissioner Dale Manuel tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that problems at the 2011 All Good Festival in Preston County prompted the commission to look at banning such events.
Organizers of the festival had planned to hold it near Kabletown in Jefferson County in 2014. They notified the commission earlier this month that they were withdrawing those plans because the owners of the property were unable to come to terms on a lease.
Manuel says the 2011 festival cost Preston County taxpayers $250,000. He says there also were traffic problems and festival goers filled three area jails.
Masontown was home for The All Good Festival from 2003 to 2011 before moving to Thornville, Oh. in 2012 and 2013. Festival organizers recently announced they will take a year off in 2014 with plans to return in 2015 at an unspecified venue.
Lead organizers Tim Walther and Junipa Contento say they hope to bring All Good back to the mid-Atlantic region in 2015.