The lauded outdoor festival, the largest in the city and one renowned for its big-named main stage concert acts, is going from a two-day to a one-day festival and is returning to the park after moving to the
It was the second year in a row that rain jeopardized the community fund-raiser. In 2012, the culminating Saturday night concert featuring the
"We've had a lot of changes," said
FallsFest originally started as a three-day festival in the park to promote the city's "green spaces," or park areas. It launched big that first year in 1986 with a concert by
About halfway through its 29 years, Ross said it became a two-day Friday/Saturday event that featured a country band on Friday night and a rock band on Saturday night.
Part of the decision to go to one day was an already time-constrained volunteer base and the massive effort it took to find manpower.
"So many of our members (in the
Past entertainers who have performed at FallsFest include the likes of Brooks & Dunn,
This year the featured act is a
LaRue, whose hit songs include "Oklahoma Breakdown" and "Feet Don't Touch the Ground," is
Instead of the FallsFest Battle of the Bands winner opening up on the main stage, this time around, the
Ross said, "Our headliner will be Red Dirt country. That's why we decided to do more rock and do two well known openers. We'll have two rock bands open, so will mix it all (country and rock) all in one night."
Opening acts will be AC/DC tribute band Back in Black, followed by
Outside of those big changes, "we're holding with tradition -- we'll have some of the same food vendors returning, Streams and Valleys will still be one of our partners," Ross added.
FallsFest, besides the main stage acts, is a family outdoor festival that brings in food vendors, games vendors, children's entertainment and several small stages of other entertainment.
The event is in its 29th year and is powered annually by more than 1,700
Proceeds benefit the various community causes of the
Tickets for FallsFest will go on sale in the fall.
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