Atkins, Diffie headline inaugural ‘Peck Fest’

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins

Joe Diffie

POINT PLEASANT — This Labor Day Weekend, Mason County is the destination for country music lovers and for Peck Fest.

Kanawha River Campground, located a few miles outside Point Pleasant, is hosting Peck Fest starting Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5. The concert will feature country music stars Rodney Atkins and Joe Diffie, with Atkins headlining Friday and Diffie headlining Saturday during the festival. Several other local bands will be supporting the headliners and performing as well.

Peck Fest is the idea of Garry Peck, of Leon, who owns Kanawha River Campground. Peck said the idea for the concert was a culmination of many things, but at the heart of it was bringing something new and unique to the area. He said the campground has booked and hosted many bands which made him ask the question: “Why not step it up?” He got in touch with the right people and all the details fell into place and, as he put it: “We made it happen.”

Peck said he has 45 acres to park vehicles and a field that will hold thousands of people. Peck is hoping for a big crowd over the weekend.

“This is the perfect set-up,” Peck said about the existing campground.

As for tickets, early bird online specials were to expire at midnight Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the concerts, which will be $30 per day for adults, $15 per day for children ages 6 to 12, children under 5 are admitted free.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No outside food or beverages will be permitted in, though visitors to Peck Fest will be able to purchase concessions and refreshments at the event. Tent camping will also be available for those who want to stay overnight. Call 304-593-5169 for camping information. Parking will be $5.

Both days are meant to showcase Nashville recording acts and the best of local talent. The lineups are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 4:

5:30 p.m. Black Mountain Shine; 7 p.m. Tom Dixon; 8:30 p.m. Trailer Choir; 10 p.m. Rodney Atkins.

Saturday, Sept. 5:

2 p.m. Double Barrel; 3:30 p.m. Mike Short Jr.; 5 p.m. Whiskey Rose; 6:30 p.m. Jeff Dane; 8:15 p.m. Trailer Choir; 10 p.m. Joe Diffie.

“We’re already looking at next year,” Peck said about making this new festival a tradition.

Diffie is known for a string of hits like “John Deere Green” and “Third Rock from the Sun” and many more. Atkins is known for hits like “If You’re Going Through Hell” and “Take a Back Road.”

Kanawha River Campground’s address is 10758 Charleston Rd., Point Pleasant.

For more information on the concert or tickets, go to or call 304-593-5169.

Rodney Atkins Atkins

Joe Diffie Diffie

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