Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 19, 2013

Jefferson Co. considers ban on big music festivals


Associated Press

CHARLES TOWN — 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.