Break Out the Boots and Hats, Loudon Country Music Festival Gets Green Light
LOUDON — Planning officials in Loudon gave the green flag Thursday to a country music festival at the town's speedway.
The town gave its one-time approval for the event, which will be held over 3 days sometime next summer after a protracted battle between planners and people opposed to the idea they thought would be disruptive to those living nearby.
The speedway's executive vice president and general manager David McGrath said after Thursday's approval, "We are excited to move forward with the plan for a country music festival. We believe this event will be a highlight of the 2018 summer adding value and economic impact to the State of New Hampshire."
The event comes with conditions. Shows will start at 2 p.m., but the music must end by 10 p.m. and quiet hours start at 11 p.m. Attendees can camp on-site.
Caution flags came out well ahead of the town's approval this week. Some area residents spoke out against the plan during discussions this year, citing potential noise and traffic issues.
A lawsuit dating to the late 1980s prohibited large concerts at the venue, which had expanded over the years, that were not directly associated with a race. An exemption was granted and plans moved forward.
McGrath said, “For more than 28 years, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted successful events of all varieties and sizes, and during this time we value our relationship with the town of Loudon."