Peck Fest welcomes country fans

Beth Sergent -

Country legend Joe Diffie closes the inaugural Peck Fest on Saturday night.

LEON — If you build it, they will come.

In “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s character followed that advice, as did Garry Peck, who mowed the field at his Kanawha River Campground to put on “Peck Fest” over the weekend that welcomed hundreds of people each night.

Of course, it takes more than mowing a field to put on a two-day country music festival, but Peck did it in just three months.

“Every single person here seemed to love it,” Peck said. “I never heard one bad thing.”

Peck said the first year for anything is a learning experience, but he’s hoping to come back even bigger and better next year for the second Peck Fest. He hopes to get a committee together to make that happen.

Peck Fest welcomed headliners, and country stars, Rodney Atkins and Joe Diffie, as well as the popular band Trailer Choir, the latter of which performed two nights and made a host of new fans. Also performing over the weekend were Black Mountain Shine, Tom Dixon, Double Barrel, Mike Short Jr., Whiskey Rose and Jeff Dane.

Those attending the festival had plenty of choices to eat and drink, as well as the option to camp all weekend at the campground along W.Va. 87. Peck said the festival also had a positive impact on Kanawha River Campground, saying after the festival he now has a waiting list for his yearly rental lots.

Peck originally had the idea after being in a band himself as well as booking bands for the campground. He said he wanted to take that idea and go bigger, and once he found the right people to help with that, the idea took off from there. That idea is now a little piece of history that took place in a field along Route 87.

Though the festival ended Saturday, Peck was still busy Monday cleaning up from it but he said it was worth it.

“I’m glad I did it,” Peck said. “I loved it. It’s something different for the area.”

For more scenes from Peck Fest, see Page Four inside this edition.

Country legend Joe Diffie closes the inaugural Peck Fest on Saturday night. legend Joe Diffie closes the inaugural Peck Fest on Saturday night.

Beth Sergent

Reach Beth Sergent at or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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