Downtown Harrisonburg Hosts 3rd Annual Rocktown Beer Fest

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- You may have noticed the farmer's market in Harrisonburg was crowded with people today. This time, it isn't for local farmers and sellers, it's the Rocktown Beerfest.

The city of Harrisonburg has been making strides in the past few years to bring downtown alive again. The Rocktown Beerfest is doing just that.

"It's the biggest one I know of that Harrisonburg puts on," said Blue Mountain Brewery Co-Owner Taylor Smack.

It's Smack's second year at the festival. He said the turn out this year may be the biggest he's ever seen.

"We're just so proud to be here, we love this festival and we are looking forward to the day and next year already," said Smack.

More than 3,000 tickets were sold.

With large number of tickets being sold, the amount of money going towards Harrisonburg could be great. Dan Conway has been a part of the festival since it started in 2010.

"Every year it gets bigger and better. Always happy to come out and support everybody," said Conway.

Conway said the bigger the better when it comes to the crowd.

"Working for a brewery, you pretty much love to see that. Because it's a place where everyone wants to be and people actually want to be here," said Conway.

The more people here, the more will go to businesses downtown. That's good news for this local economy.


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