LUDWIG’S CORNER >> A three-day country music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country music will be coming to Chester County next year, organizers announced Thursday.
The Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Association Wednesday night accepted an offer to host Country Spirit USA, a major country music concert.
The event will be held Aug. 24-Aug. 26, 2018, at Ludwig’s Corner, a 33-acre site at 1325 Pottstown Pike (Route 100) in Glenmoore.
“It’s a done deal, we’re excited we will be bringing a major festival to Chester County,” said Alan Jacoby, executive producer of Impact Entertainment, which also hosts Country Summer, northern California’s biggest country music festival. “The site process took longer than expected but Ludwig’s Corner was one of the top candidates when we first started looking at sites. This is a beautiful destination.”
Jacoby said it’s too early to name the entertainers, adding that talent negotiations are already underway.
“We will have the best big-name headlines in country music,” Jacoby said. “This is driven by talent.”
Jacoby said a one-day ticket to the event will start at $89, with a discounted rate for a three-day pass. He said once the headliners are locked in, tickets will go on sale.
Jacoby said every aspect of the country music festival will be of the highest quality.
“We will have food vendors, and these are the same ones who handle concessions at Bonnaroo and Country Jam,” Jacoby said. “We are bringing in top-notch people all the way around.”
Organizers have worked out details on security, traffic and curfew with West Vincent Township officials.
“I know they don’t have big police department, but we will work with them on supplementing their personnel,” Jacoby said. “Nothing will come out of the township’s budget.”
Susan Hamley, executive director of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, said the concert will be a boon to Chester County.
“This will put us on the map in a bigger way,” she said. “This (concert) will draw a lot of attention to the county, and people can see how beautiful it is, and everything there is to see and do. Then they will come back again and again.”
Organizers began planning the country music event two years ago. Chester County was chosen as an ideal location because of its bucolic setting, and because it is in close proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York City.
They first pitched it to East Marlborough Township in hopes of bringing it to the Willowdale Fair Grounds, but supervisors rejected it due to security, curfew and traffic concerns. The New Garden Flying Field was also eyed as a potential site, but the FAA rejected the idea because it is a non-aeronautical event. The Brandywine Polo Club in New Garden was also considered, but ultimately New Garden supervisors didn’t have enough time to consider the request.
“Ludwig’s Corner is beautiful, grassy, pristine and a perfect setting for a country music concert,” Jacoby said. “There is plenty of land adjacent to the site. There is room for parking and camping, and it’s close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike with some of the highest concentration of hotels in the county.”
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