POINT PLEASANT —The field has been mowed and the tents are going up at Kanawha River Campground for the third annual Peck Fest.
Two days of outdoor concerts will take place starting this Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, and will include headliners Tracy Lawrence and Aaron Lewis, with a special Friday night comedy concert by comedian, Donnie Baker. Several opening acts are also scheduled to play throughout the weekend.
This is the third year for the concert held at Kanawha River Campground, about 10 miles outside the city limits of Point Pleasant.
Peck Fest got its name from organizer Garry Peck, a native of Mason County who wanted to bring summer music festivals closer to home. Rather than driving hours for that festival, it can now be found along the Kanawha River in Mason County.
The 2015 Inaugural Peck Fest hosted headliners Joe Diffie and Rodney Atkins. Last year’s headliners were Chris Janson and Kane Brown. The festival only continues to grow and attract people to the area.
Lawrence, who takes the stage at 9 p.m., Friday, July 21, is one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.
Lewis, who takes the stage at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 22, is the former lead singer for the rock band, Staind and is a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist. He made his country debut in 2011 with certified gold single “Country Boy” followed by the release of his first full length solo album, The Road. “Country Boy” featured Charlie Daniels on fiddle and a booming verse from George Jones as well as Chris Young striking a balance between classic and modern country. His hits with Staind include “Outside,” “It’s Been Awhile,” and “So Far Away.”
In addition, comedian Donnie Baker, will perform at 11 p.m., Friday, July 21. Baker can be heard on the Bob and Tom radio show and is popular on YouTube. He regularly makes topical calls to the Bob and Tom Show. He relates anecdotes involving a good friend who had a semi-relevant experience, usually ending in a punch-line. Most of his calls are punctuated by a tagline like, “I swear to God” or “Look it up…” or “it’s state law.”
Other acts booked to perform are Mikele Buck Band at 7 p.m., Friday, July 21 and southern rock band Steel Woods at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 22. Country singer Jake Binegar has also been added to the lineup and will perform an acoustic set at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The after party begins at 11 p.m. on Saturday under the big tent.
Camping is available at the festival but only limited full hook-ups. Tent camping is available also and organizers prefer you stay. Call 304-593-5169 for camping info and spots to reserve. Concessions will be sold at the festival.
Tickets are required to attend Peck Fest. For more information on Peck Fest, how to purchase tickets and camping information, go to www.peckfest.com or call 304-593-5169. Peck Fest 2017 can also be contacted and followed on Facebook for the latest updates and ticket information.
Kids ages 10 and younger get into Peck Fest for free.
Kanawha River Campground is located at 10758 Charleston Road, Point Pleasant.