Goodbye Cape Blanco, Hello Central Point.
This past weekend of July 29th-31st was the third and final year of the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival in Sixes, Oregon. According to Commissioner David Brock Smith, it was time to change locations.
With headliners such as Brantley Gilbert, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean, the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival has proven to bring in country music lovers from all of Oregon. Smith mentioned that Curry County brings in approximately $3 million every year that the festival was held. The commissioner and the festival goers will be upset to see the changing of locations, but Smith thinks that the change will be even better. For those of whom have attended the continuous concert the past 3 years at Cape Blanco can all agree that a legacy will be left in Sixes, Oregon. Now, it is time to make new memories at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon.
The beautiful location of the campgrounds keep the festivals goes coming back each year. The Cape Blanco campgrounds are located on the westernmost point of Oregon making the Country Music Festival a memorable experience. The locals appreciate the business that comes in the middle of summer, but has had their concerns. They say it brings much more traffic and crowds than needed. Don Leber with BiMart noted that the first year of the festival brought in a crowd of 10,000 and this last year brought in close to 20,000. Leber emphasized that the success has been spectacular, but with the more people coming in, the location was running out of room. Leber also said that is why the Country Music Festival would be more successful in the Rogue Valley.
With a solution to the problem, the Jackson County Expo so happens to reach a capacity of 30,000. The growing amounts of country music concert goers will keep increasing so this location will help maintain that growth. The changing of location also brings along the change of the festival name. The then Cape Blanco Country Musical Festival will now be known as Country Crossings.
Just because the Country Music Festival is leaving Curry County, does not mean that nothing will ever be there again. Commissioner Smith had made it clear that him and his team are working on other various festival ideas, but had not yet confirmed anything in Curry County for 2017.