Country music festival headed this way

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By Natasha Colbaugh

A festival drawing a possible crowd of over 10,000 people is coming to the shores of Norris Lake this May.

SuperTwang is a festival with southern personality, according to its producers.

Festival Producer of United Festival Company Hal Royce has been searching for a venue in Tennessee to plan a large rustic style country music festival for over 20 years.

His search finally ended in Claiborne County.

The overwhelming cooperation by Flat Hollow Marina owners and adjoining property owners of Mountain Creek Farm are making the festival possible.

The area features 130 acres of camping area with a banquet facility and access to state Highway 63. In addition to these factors, there is almost two miles of lakefront access on Norris Lake.

The event runs from May 13 through 15. Fans can start camping out two days prior to the event.

About 12 country music artists will be playing on one stage over the course of the three days. Roving musicians will also debut throughout the festival grounds.

Still in the throws of planning, Royce is filled with anticipation over the long awaited festival. He envisions a Bonnaroo style event, but with one stage, great country musicians and a lower price.

The event will increase tourism into a rural area, create seasonal jobs and sales tax revenue, according to Royce.

Vendors and up to 300 staff members are being sought for in the planning of the festival.

Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director E.L. Morton said he welcomes business into the area, but contributions to Supertwang may be limited because of event conflicts.

“This is a large magnitude festival,” said Morton. “The chamber wants to participate, but we as a community don’t know how to host that segment.”

SuperTwang is appealing to an audience of age 18 to 35. The festival is adult oriented with beer sales throughout the festival grounds and musicians with true rebel personality, said Royce.

Weekend passes and additional packages are available. For more information go to www.supertwang.com or call 855-468-9264.