Country Life Music Festival coming to Three Sisters Park

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Guitarists for country music act Montgomery Gentry perform during the 2014 Country Life Music Festival at Ravina on the Lakes.

Three Sisters Park will be adding another music festival to its yearly calendar.

Country Life Music Festival has made the move from Ravina on the Lakes in north Peoria to Three Sisters Park. The inaugural festival last year hosted acts such as Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr. and Big & Rich.

The festival in 2015 will be July 17-19 with camping available, something Ravina on the Lakes was not able to do.

“Part of the success of a major festival is having camping,” said Brad Maloney of Blu Entertainment Group, the company which puts on the festival.

Space was also an issue at Ravina. The expected crowd last year was 8,000-10,000 attendees, Maloney said.

“As far as the festival grounds itself goes, there was room for a lil bit of growth but in two year’s time we would have completely outgrown that area as well,” Maloney said. “We would expect to be in the 12,000-15,000 range next year.”

In addition to the growth of people attending the event, acts will be added as well. Maloney said they are looking at over 25 performers and are adding a second stage.

The process of the change has gone smoothly for the entertainment group.

“We looked at all the options and that seemed to be the best fit. Chris (Cassidy) and the folks down there were really easy to work with to put the deal together,” Maloney said.

Jack Morgenstern, events and grounds supervisor with Three Sisters Park, also said the transition has been going well.

“It’s a good thing for the park. It’s also a good thing for the city of Chillicothe,” Morgenstern said.

“Everything should benefit from this festival,” he added.

The ground at Three Sisters Park will also have a different look to it. Morgenstern said Blu Entertainment Group will be laying down astroturf seed to make it more comfortable for those at the festival. Morgenstern said the group did this at Ravina as well.

“Our venue out here has been used for so many types of events. We’ve never had the call to put the seed down,” Morgenstern said.

“It was just a beautiful, one big lawn, it was very nice.”

They have not yet announced the line up but have begun pre-selling camping.

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