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Caroline supervisors discuss proposed music festivals and county concert law.
Date published: 10/13/2011
The Caroline County Board of Supervisors took no action this week on a proposal to amend a county ordinance that prohibits more than eight hours of continuous music within a 24-hour period.
The request was made by two festival organizers who are looking to move their large events to rural Caroline County.
The owner of the All Good Music Festival, a four-day camping-style concert that attracts nearly 25,000 people, wants to move the annual show from West Virginia to Moss Neck Manor, a 1,200-acre site in Port Royal off U.S. 17 owned by the Silver Cos. The festival would feature 14 to 16 hours of music a day, twice as much as the county allows.
At their meeting Tuesday, supervisors asked county staff to research some amending options to the current code, which went into effect in 1971 after Woodstock. Even if an amendment is approved, each event would still need approval from the board.
The All Good event has been held in West Virginia since a 2001 appearance in Spotsylvania County, but owner Tim Walther said Tuesday night that the festival has outgrown that location.
Moss Neck Manor "has more than twice the amount of property needed," Walther said. "We have a safe and successful event out there and bring a lot of revenue to the county."
He said the summer festival would employ 100 local people, generate about $250,000 in sales for local businesses and donate thousands of pounds of food to the local food bank. According to a 2010 report, the All Good Music Festival is estimated to have had a $1.1 million economic impact on Preston County, W.Va., and a $2.3 million impact on the state.
Caroline supervisors voiced concerns about traffic along U.S. 17. Walther said traffic was not a problem in West Virginia, even along a one-lane road up and down a mountain.
He told supervisors the event would be no different from the National Scout Jamboree held for years at nearby Fort A.P. Hill.