Scenes from the 2019 festival.

Welcome to the first CCSUSA Courier blog post. From big announcements and news snippets to guest columns and contributed posts, we’ll keep you up-to-date on all things Citadel Country Spirit USA leading to and through the third annual festival.

Today’s big announcement: The festival returns to Chester County’s Brandywine Valley, less than an hour from Philadelphia, from Aug. 28-30. Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds sets the scene.

Just in time for the holidays, Three-Day Early Bird Passes go on sale at 10 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Nov. 22. Don’t miss an opportunity to get your three-day passes at the lowest cost for the 2020 festival. Tier 1 prices will start from $219 plus fees for a limited time while supplies last.

Purchase Reserved, Pit and General Admission Three-Day Early Bird Passes and Preferred Parking online at countryspiritusa.com/tickets. To charge by phone, call 1-800-514-3849. Note: Public purchases cannot be made prior to 10 a.m. (EST) Nov. 22.

Headliners and other artists in the lineup will be announced at a later date. Single-day tickets will be available after entertainers are announced.

Earning its reputation as a Great American Festival Experience, Citadel Country Spirit USA will feature 20 country music acts performing nearly 30 hours of live music on two stages – 14 nationally recognized artists on the GMC Sierra Stage and popular up-and-comers on the Citadel Rising Star Stage. WXTU is the festival’s media partner.

While music is the main attraction, festival-goers are treated to a celebration with like-minded country music fans, an array of activities and fanfare, a wide selection of food vendors, restaurants, libation establishments and lounges for socializing and having fun.

“We’re very proud to align with this tremendous event,” said Susan Hamley, executive director of the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau. “In addition to visitation by festival-goers, our reward is destination awareness that resonates nationally.”“Producing a festival of Citadel Country Spirit USA’s size and magnitude is a colossal, collaborative endeavor. We are very appreciative of our fans, sponsors and community partners for their support,” Alan Jacoby, the event’s executive producer, said.

Citadel, one of the largest credit unions serving the Greater Philadelphia area, is the festival’s title sponsor for the third consecutive year. As a local financial institution focused on “People Helping People,” Citadel is dedicated to supporting the communities it serves through events such as Citadel Country Spirit USA.  Again in 2020, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

It is with heavy hearts that Impact Entertainment, the producers of Citadel Country Spirit USA, must share that the festival scheduled for August 2022 has been canceled.

This decision was not made lightly, but we feel it is the right choice. As a small, family-owned business that specializes in creating high-quality live events/mass gatherings, we fought simply to survive the pandemic and are unable to challenge the largest name in our industry who has chosen to host a new festival in the market on our scheduled dates. With a smaller pool of available talent to choose from due to the increased competition, we do not feel that we can meet or exceed the expectations we set for ourselves, nor those you have come to expect from this project. To those who purchased a ticket during our Early Bird pre-sale, please note that you will automatically receive a FULL REFUND to the card used to make your purchase within 14 days of this announcement.

Before we continue, we would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors, Citadel Credit Union, the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, the Tri-State GMC Dealers, Boston Beer Company, Main Line Animal Rescue / PASPCA, The Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show, and those on our staff, crew, and family who have given of themselves time & time again to create a show worth attending. This is, of course, in addition to the local municipalities, community members, and public safety teams who all came together to create something spectacular. Together, we have raised over $150,000.00 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), driven over $3 million in additional revenue to the local economy & tourism industry each year, and entertained tens of thousands of fans – all feats we are incredibly proud of.

Finally, to our fans: we truly could not have made it this far without you. It has been an amazing experience hosting so many of you over the years. Our team has made so many memories throughout the creation of this project, and we sincerely hope you were able to do the same.

We at Impact Entertainment are especially grateful to those who purchased a ticket during our Early Bird pre-sale. We know how much faith it takes to purchase early and understand that this news may come as a shock to many. While outside forces may have caused us to reevaluate the viability of this project and change our course, one thing we will never waver on is the fact that our fans are our number one priority. Should you have any issues securing your refund within the next two weeks, please contact the festival directly via our social media channels which will be monitored until every customer has been taken care of. To reiterate, you will automatically receive your refund to the card used to make your purchase; NO ACTION IS NEEDED FROM YOU AT THIS POINT.

Again, we want to thank you all for your support and understanding throughout this process.

All the best,
Impact Entertainment, Sports & Event Marketing LLC

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