By Molly Cerreta Smith
If there’s one thing valley residents love, it’s a good outdoor music festival! And the West Valley is proud to welcome a new country music festival to this fall’s entertainment line-up. Pleasant Harbor, the City of Peoria, and Dillion’s Bayou Restaurant are teaming up to host the first Peoria Country Music Fest on Saturday, October 19.
Held at Pleasant Harbor, located at 8708 West Harbor Boulevard in Peoria, the Peoria Country Music Fest is set to feature four country music stars and bands including Hillbilly Deluxe, Chad Freeman, Josh Roy, and Rob West. In addition to live music taking place throughout the day, guests can enjoy tasty bites from local food trucks, a beer garden serving a variety of adult beverages, and a fan experience within the event that includes live bull riding, a cigar lounge, corn hole games and more.
Gates open at noon and the event officially kicks off at 1:45 p.m. with a Welcoming Ceremony featuring the Presentation of Colors and National Anthem. Hillbilly Deluxe takes the stage from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Chad Freeman rocks the crowd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a live bull riding show from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., then live music returns to the stage with Josh Roy from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a second live bull riding show runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and last but not least, Rob West takes down the house from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and unopened plastic water bottles. No coolers or outside alcohol is allowed.
To make a weekend of it, Premier Dry Camping options are still available, but must be reserved in advance by calling 928-501-5253. Weekend campers at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort may take advantage of the property’s amenities including showers, a convenience store, pool and clubhouse. After enjoying the festival, guests are invited to partake in the Harbor’s many watersports and lakeside activities such as H2-Whoa!, the world’s largest floating waterslide; boat, sail, jet ski, kayak and paddle board rentals; hydro flying and more. In addition to the concerts at the festival, Dillion’s Bayou Restaurant, located at the Pleasant Harbor Marina, will feature three days of live country music that weekend and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This is a family friendly event and children are welcome. Advanced online tickets are $15 per person and $5.00 for children 12 and younger. Same day tickets purchased at the gate are $20 per person. For more, visit www.pleasantharbor.com/event/peoria-country-music-fest/