ACE Adventure Resort prepping new 12,500-capacity ampitheater for fest
OAK HILL, W.Va. — Set to open with an inaugural concert June 6-7, the new 12,500-capacity amphitheater at ACE Adventure Resort has been designed as a festival ground for the New River Gorge region, according to its developers.
Hosting the resort's first Mountain Music Festival, the venue is intended to support year-round programming, according to resort president Ernie Kincaid.
"We recognized some years ago that there was a need for a festival venue in the New River Gorge region, and the ACE resort has all the space necessary to make that happen," Kincaid said.
"We've been considering how the site can be used to extend other events, including Bridge Day into a larger event, say even an eight- or nine-day event spanning two weekends."
The Mountain Music Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 with Keller Williams, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Wood Brothres and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty.
Call 1-800-787-3982 or go online at https://www.facebook.com/mountainmusicfestwv for more info.
Kincaid said the new stage and its parking area have been developed in part of the resort's 40-acre mountain-top campground, though its installation still leaves the resort with the largest camping facilities in the New River Gorge region.
Kincaid said the resort will limit attendance to around 2,500 per day until county officials can improve roads to accommodate traffic.
The 1,500-acre resort on the rim of the New River Gorge traditionally guides more than 30,000 rafters on the New River, contributing 10 million annually to the local economy, Kincaid said.
The addition of the festival ground, development of trails, a recreational lake, and a mile-long canopy-tour network on the rim of the gorge have helped the resort build on its core audience of rafters, many of who are returning annually for expanded adventure vacations.
Established in 1980 as American-Canadian Expeditions, ACE has become one of the leading whitewater-rafting outfitters in the eastern U.S. and maintains the largest outdoor-adventure resort in the country.
For more information on the Mountain Music Festival, visit http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/
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