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Another Major Country Music Festival is Heading to Delmarva

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DOVER, Del. – A little bit of country after a little bit of rock and roll. Another new major music festival is on the way to Kent County.

The team behind the Firefly Music Festival in Dover announced Thursday it is having a major country music festival this summer also in Dover.

The Woodlands behind Dover International Speedway is the home of Firefly and now the new home of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival.

Firefly 2015 ends June 21. Big Barrel will start just five days later, running June 26-28.

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will headline the three-day festival that includes dozens of more acts. Three-day passes are just $99 right now.

"The economics of having that infrastructure in place, I think partially allows that to happen," said Mike Tatoian, COO of Dover Motorsports.

"We'll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish Big Barrel as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River,” said Greg Bostrom, director of Firefly and Big Barrel for Red Frog Events.

Red Frog puts on both events. Officials there say serious discussions about a country festival have been in the works for a few years. And hopes are high for Big Barrel year one turnout - somewhere around Firefly's year one.

"Tens of thousands of people," said Lauren King, with Red Frog. "With Firefly we had about 30,000. We're expecting something similar, in that range."

Beyond the music, Red Frog says Big Barrel will have a dance hall, BBQ area, saloon, a marketplace with western goods and a family-friendly area.

Big Barrel is actually the second major country music festival announced recently for Kent County this upcoming summer. Delaware Junction Country Music Festival will happen at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington in August.

Tickets for that go on sale Friday.

Cindy Small, Kent County Director of Tourism, says three music festivals in one summer in central Delaware is a huge deal.

"I see a re-branding perhaps in our future. I see Kent County being marketed as the East Coast's Music Capital," she said.

Small points out a recently released study showed Firefly 2014 had a $68 million economic impact on the region, so she expects big things from having two more summer music extravaganzas.

The Woodlands is also the new home of Punkin Chunkin. This year's event was canceled. But Speedway officials say the 2015 is still a go at The Woodlands.

Passes went on sale for Big Barrel Thursday at Noon through BigBarrelFestival.com. Camping options include the Corral Club, which includes a private air-conditioned tent, RV packages and tent camping.
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