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Country Spirit USA concert to return in 2019

12/11/2018 10:01AM ● By J. Chambless

Last year, Citadel Country Spirit USA, a three-day country music festival, earned accolades from fans, sponsors and community partners. By popular demand, the second annual festival, featuring 20 artists on two stages, is slated Aug. 23 to 25 at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds, a 33-acre site at 5 Nantmeal Road. Tickets go on sale Dec. 14.

“It was a phenomenal first year that exceeded expectations. Overwhelmingly, all of our constituents encouraged us to make Citadel Country Spirit USA an annual event,” said Alan Jacoby, executive producer of Impact Entertainment, the festival’s production company. “We’ve taken the first step in becoming the Mid-Atlantic region’s foremost annual country music festival, and look forward to building upon the first year’s success.”

Hosted by the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB), 22,000 fans from 28 states and two Canadian provinces attended the festival held in August 2018.

“We couldn't have been more proud or pleased to align with this tremendous new event," said Susan Hamley, executive director of the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau. “We achieved our Chester County economic development goal from visitation by festival-goers. Our reward was an experience and destination awareness that resonated nationally and will continue to deliver exponential results."

Citadel, one of the largest credit unions serving the Greater Philadelphia area, is the event’s title sponsor for the second consecutive year. Again in 2019, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Citadel and Citadel Country Spirit USA raised $100,000 for the nonprofit organization in 2018.

“Citadel is honored to be a part of such a wildly successful event in the Greater Philadelphia community that is truly back by popular demand,” said Citadel president and CEO Jeff March. “Not only was the event a great time, but it raised money for an important institution that’s right in our back yard, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Citadel is thrilled to see what the second year will bring.”

For 2019, Citadel Country Spirit USA has developed an alliance with 92.5 XTU, Philadelphia’s Country Station, the festival’s official radio station partner.

Three-Day Super Early Bird Passes go on sale at 11 a.m. on Dec. 14. Prices start from $189 plus fees. Three-Day Pass prices will increase after Jan. 1. Headliners and other lineup announcements will begin early 2019. Single-day tickets will be available at a later date, after entertainers are announced. Purchase tickets and preferred parking online at www.countryspiritusa.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-514-3849.

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