Long-Running All Good Festival Announces 'Retirement'
A long-running and controversial music festival with deep ties to West Virginia won’t continue in its current form.
The All Good Music Festival and Campout, which was held for many years in various locations in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland announced Wednesday on its Facebook Page that it is "retiring.”
The festival, held by Walther Productions, began in 1997 in Maryland and used various locations across the Mid-Atlantic before settling on a site known as Marvin’s Mountaintop, in Preston County, in 2003.
According to festival organizers, the All Good Festival reached its peak attendance on Marvin’s Mountaintop at more than 20,000 in 2011. However, an accident that year left one woman dead and two others injured. The accident resulted in three lawsuits accusing Walther Productions, the property owners and others of negligence.
The festival spent 2012 and 2013 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and went on hiatus the following year.
After a lengthy permitting process, the festival returned to West Virginia in 2015, this time to Summit Point in Jefferson County.
In a note posted on their Facebook page and website, organizers say they’re “retiring” the multi-day campout-style festival and will instead put on a two-day event at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on June 9th and 10th.
When asked for comment, organizers declined to give reason for the change in direction for the event.