Roots Music Festival August 17 plans are rockin’

DSCF4415A group of 20 interested people heard the details of the second annual Port Dover Roots Music Festival explained. The press conference last week was chaired by Festival Co-chairs Walt Long and Doug Long.
“Our date of August 17 is the same day as Port Dover Summer Festival and one week before the Mumford & Sons concert in Simcoe,” Walt Long stated, adding, “the emphasis is on Norfolk County with two big concerts in August the economical benefits will be astronomical”.
Doug Long told the gathering the program will get underway on the pavilion in Silver Lake Park at 3:00 p.m. with local musical groups, followed by headliners. They are Birdtown Band, NorFOLK, Dwayne Rutter, Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, Sadies, the Great Lakes Swimmers (whose music is said to be similar to Mumford & Sons).
It was mentioned that a year ago when initial plans were being made Tia McGraff was instrumental in laying the groundwork.
Simcoe Lions Club will be a participant in the August 17 event again in 2013. This year many of the wineries in Norfolk County and a brewery are expected to be involved. Judy Buck of Port Dover, representing Ontario South Coast Wineries/Growers Assn. reported that group wants to be involved. Walt Long expressed his pleasure that those groups want to be a part of the Roots Music Festival.
Norfolk County Fair General Manager Karen Matthews of Port Dover attended to offer support.
Co-Chair Doug Long recalled concerts in this lakeside town dating back to the Summer Garden dance hall many years ago, to Dragon Boat Races and Fish Fest a few years ago, and lately, Canada Day celebrations, Summer Festival, Health & Fitness Expo, 2012 Roots Festival, commenting “all have attracted crowds to Port Dover”. The current committee expects between 3000 to 5000 people will attend the Lions Club’s 2013 Roots Music Festival.
The Co-chairs outlined some plans “to raise the Roots Music Festival “up a notch or two over last year’s first concert,” as they have been looking at other festivals in Ontario. Doug Long commenting, “we plan to tie our Roots Music Festival into all the other things Norfolk County has to offer”.

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