Country music event returns to Crisfield

March 09, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Performances by Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and Highway 101 will headline Crisfield's second country music festival, according to Jody Albright, director of the Governor's Office of Art and Culture.

The Tangier Sound Country Music Festival, scheduled for June 27, originally was designed to help rejuvenate an area of the Eastern Shore that had been hurt by layoffs and plant closings in the seafood and other, manufacturing industries. In 1990, the first year of the festival, about 14,000 music fans visited the tiny town at the southern tip of Somerset County.

The state's Department of Economic and Employment Development contributed $100,000 to the first event. Last year's festival was canceled because the festival committee was unable to find a suitable site. This year, the state has given the festival a matching grant of $25,000 as well as a loan of $25,000.

In its effort to promote Maryland tourism through country music, the state will also continue to support a music festival in Fair Hill. Last year's concert, which received $160,000 from the state, attracted 20,000 people to the Cecil County site, according to Mrs. Albright.

This year's Fair Hill festival will receive a state loan of $50,000. Scheduled for Aug. 15 and 16, it is planned at a location that should eliminate the parking problems that plagued last year's event, Mrs. Albright said.

Both music festivals are designed to eventually support themselves with non-profit foundations managed by local business and civic leaders.

They are modeled upon the success of Cumberland's Rocky Gap Music Festival, scheduled July 31-Aug. 2 this year. Begun in 1989 with a start-up, state grant of $50,200. The Rocky Gap festival turned a profit of $150,000 last year.

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