Colorado's Labor Day weekend is about to get a little more country! Chaffee County Commissioners have just granted global leader in live entertainment Live Nation a permit to host a country music festival at the end of August. Live Nation will stage the new festival at the Meadows venue near Buena Vista. A decision for approval of the permit was reached February 21 after a five-hour public hearing in which 30 people made comment, according to The Mountain Mail.
As reported by the Chaffee County Times, the permit application estimated up to 25,000 attendees for the festival with a staff of about 500. However, organizers said that they expect closer to around 10,000 people attending for the festival's first year.
“It's important in the long run to have [25,000 attendees] as a goal," Sean O'Connell, general manager for the Rocky Mountains division of Live Nation, told the CCT. He also said that organizers may be able to release a lineup by April, but “for each night of the event we'll have A-list headliners."
“There's a huge country music heritage in the county," said Earl Richmond, human resources manager for South Main Development, the owner of the Meadows venue. “[Live Nation] has been doing their research. We feel confident they will deliver a top-notch show and an incredible experience for all."
In addition, O'Connell also said that Live Nation was working on the logistics of some sort of special pass for locals to attend the still-to-be-named festival. We can't wait to see the lineup!