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The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved permits for a country music festival and a Christian music festival at the Blue Ridge Ampitheater in Blairs during a special called meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Both of these festivals are being put on by Purpose Driven Events and are scheduled to take place this fall.
"We had many agencies and Pittsylvania County departments that worked hard to develop an effective ordinance that addressed our concerns and the concerns of Pittsylvania County citizens,” said Bob Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. “With these two events that were approved tonight, Purpose Driven Events has satisfied the requirements of the ordinance. We are moving forward and are optimistic that we will see positive results for Pittsylvania County government and citizens as well as for Purpose Driven Events and their attendees, all with minimal negative impact to surrounding property owners.”
Both permit applications were approved with conditions. These include conditions around lighting and noise cutoffs and placing deputies at the ends of a few state-maintained roads near the venue.
After months of work to completely revise the Pittsylvania County Music Festival Ordinance, which was created in the 1970s and had only seen one light update in 1991 since then, the Board of Supervisors adopted the new ordinance on June 15. Under the new code, event promoters are required to submit extensive plans regarding everything from public safety to trash and traffic to EMS for any music festival. These plans have to be approved by the relevant regulating agencies and then the entire permit application has to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The two music festivals approved Tuesday afternoon are Worship at the Mountain, a Christian Music Festival on September 3-5, and the Blue Ridge Country Music Festival on October 1-3. Both of these festivals, which were approved by the Board of Supervisors, are slated to have approximately 8,000 attendees per day.
The Blue Ridge Rock Festival, which is scheduled for the week after the Worship at the Mountain Event, was not among the permit applications that were considered during Tuesday’s called meeting. Purpose Driven Events requested additional time to finalize their plans and implement county feedback before bringing the application to the Board of Supervisors. It is anticipated that Purpose Driven Events will submit finalized plans for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in time for the permit application to be considered at July’s Business Meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
These events will be held at the Blue Ridge Ampitheater in Blairs, which was formerly known as the White Oak Ampitheater.