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Attention Turns to Harrington for Country Music Festival

HARRINGTON, Del. (WBOC) - A big country music festival might now be coming to Kent County. Monday, organizers of a festival proposed for Sussex County requested to withdraw their application to bring the festival to the Harbeson area.

That came after the county's planning and zoning commission recommended against the festival. The Sussex County Council has now accepted that request, which means it looks like there won't be a country fest in Sussex County.

Attention is now turning to Harrington for this festival.

Dewey Beach businessman Alex Pires is organizing the festival. He hasn't returned multiple calls for comment since Monday. But he told WBOC and other media in July his second choice for a festival site after Harbeson was the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

One of the big things that did in the proposal to have the festival in Sussex County was neighbors not wanting it and pushing back hard. But when it comes to the fairgrounds, neighbors WBOC spoke with would welcome the festival.

"I think it would be good for the economy for Harrington, boost up morale and generate money for the town," said Cameron Russ, who lives across the street from the fairgrounds.

Crowds pack Harrington every July already for the ten-day Delaware Sate Fair. While a field in the Harbeson might not have the infrastructure in place to handle tens of thousands of music fans, Harrington Mayor Tony Moyer says his town does.

"We're used to it. We have the casino and the fair every year. We can get upwards of 200,000 people during that time. We're built to handle it," he said.

"We're used to it, particularly during fair week. It gets lined up a long way," said Joyce Porter, who lives just down the road from the fairgrounds.

WBOC reached out to fair officials for comment. They said they've had conversations with Pires. But they wouldn't say any more than that due to how preliminary the discussion are.

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