Sounds of Independence Music Festival Held in Downtown Bowling Green

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"If we didn't have festivals like these we wouldn't exist."

It's the first of its kind and today country music fans took advantage of the Sounds of Independence Music Festival that took place behind SKyPAC in Bowling Green.

Food, games, and the sounds of summer.

More than 3,000 people attended the festival that brought local artists, and of course superstar Darius Rucker to downtown Bowling Green.

"I like how they get all different bands from Kentucky, and how they have both bluegrass and country because I like country a lot," says Joseph Durkalski, who attended the festival.

"It's relaxing and the weather's not too bad and the music is excellent," says Wayne Corhorn, who also attended.

The event that SKyPAC says is unique to Bowling Green is attracting fans from across the country and bringing more money into the city.

"Clearly we are making, with 4,000 or so tickets, making a big impact on the economics of downtown and the economics of the region," says Tom Tomlinson, SKyPAC.

For local vendors festivals such as these are how they keep their business running.

"Not only does it help bring the community together but they get to sample our product and taste our great food," says Jonathan Carter, Owner of B&D BBQ.

"They are the backbone of our business. If we didn't have festivals like these we wouldn't exist. We do parties and fundraisers and stuff like that but the festivals is where our name is put out there and people can see us," says Tammy Liscome, Manager of Kona Ice.

SKyPAC says the festival that they hope shows they are an integral part of the community is an event they plan to continue year after year.

"Next year we hope to plan something even bigger and over the course of the next number of years include almost all of downtown," says Tomlinson.

While no names were mentioned Tomlinson says they are already looking for talent for year two.

The festival today featured the Lost River Cavemen, Ryan Kinder, Justin Rivers, Sundy Best, The Farm, and Darius Rucker was scheduled to perform tonight at 9p.m.

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