Festival is still rockin’ by the river

This year’s Rockin’ River Music Festival will return the Mission Raceway Park in August.

Travis Tritt will be one of the headliners at this year’s festival

Travis Tritt will be one of the headliners at this year’s festival

This year’s Rockin’ River Music Festival will return the Mission Raceway Park in August.

Organizers of the event wanted to move the event to the north side of the Lougheed Highway, just west of Nelson Street, but the proposal was rejected by the Agricultural Land Commission, which determines uses for farmland.

The festival will take place Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 and will run from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., which is an hour later than in previous years.

Organizers say the one-hour extension is needed because some of the headline acts will not take the stage until the sun has set. Lights and big screen are essential to their show, said Kenny Hess in a letter to the district.

There have been no complaints in the two years since the event has come to Mission, and council unanimously granted the request.

Main acts at the festival this year will include country rock stars Travis Tritt, Lonestar, Sawyer Brown and Julian Austin.

“The lineup for this year’s festival is really impressive,” said Hess. “These acts are some of country’s best stage performers and they will not disappoint this summer.”

Reserved and general admission tickets, as well as reserved camping, for Rockin’ River Music Festival can now be purchased online at rockinriver.com.

For more information, and to find out how to win tickets to the festival, e-mail info@rockinriver.com or call the festival hotline at 604-733-2235.