Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure Resort to become annual event
OAK HILL, W.Va. -- More successful than organizers had anticipated, the Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure Resort will become an annual event, officials confirmed over the weekend.
Scheduled for June 5-6, 2015, next year's festival will feature better-known bands, additional vendors, and more integration with outdoor-adventure activities at the resort, according to Beth Gill, communications director.
"Our plan has been for the music festival to become an annual event, but it wasn't until after assessing the results that we were sure," Gill said.
"Everything came off well -- from safety to traffic management and the performances themselves. More than 1,000 guests were in attendance over both days, strong for a first festival on a new festival ground."
The 12,500-capacity site opened June 5, the day the festival commenced. Congressman Nick Rahall, state tourism director Amy Shuler Goodwin, and other dignitaries on hand during the opening ceremony lauded the development, but the waters had yet to be tested.
"Now that the festival ground has been established as a viable venue, you can expect to see many new events sponsored by ACE," Gill said.
The 2015 event will include increased coordination with zip-lining and whitewater rafting programs and improved access to the resort's lake area.
Established in 1980 as American-Canadian Expeditions, the resort is among the leading outfitters for whitewater rafting in West Virginia, guiding more than 50,000 rafters annually on the New and Gauley rivers. It has been designated the largest in North America by The Travel Channel.
For more information on the resort, its outdoor-adventure programs, or upcoming festival information, visit www.aceraft.com.
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