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Appalachian Uprising gaining popularity

For three days a normally quiet farm in Scottown will transform into one of the fastest growing musical festivals in the country.

“Appalachian Uprising” will feature 17 bluegrass, country and southern-rock bands headlined by industry veterans the Marshall Tucker Band.

“We have a great festival lined up this year,” Steve Cielec, Appalachian Uprising founder said. “The Marshall Tucker Band is headlining along with several other great bands that are scheduled to play.”

Cielec and his wife started the festival in 2008 for a simple reason.

“We owned a farm and had plenty of space,” Cielec said. “So we thought it would be a great place for a festival, because we didn’t really have any others in our area to go to.”

Since that time the event has grown into a major regional festival bringing in thousands of music lovers over the course of three days.

“We have grown so much,” Cielec said. “Compared to the first year where we only had a few hundred local people show up. To now seeing it grow into having thousands of people from across the region is amazing.”

While the growth may be amazing it is seeing people come together through the music that Cielec enjoys most.

“I love getting to see the people having a good time,” he said. “Seeing them coming together and enjoying the music really makes me feel good. You meet a lot of people, and make a lot of friends doing this.”

Despite the title of the event, Uprising has a strong focus on being family friendly and employs 24-hour security to make sure that atmosphere is maintained.

“We just don’t put up with all that rowdy behavior,” Cielec said. “We want everyone to have fun but we also want this to be a place for family. We want this to be a festival for everybody, so we keep it a very family friendly event.”

This year’s Uprising will run from June 5-7 and will feature food and merchandise vendors. Tickets for the festival are still available and can be purchased at the Proctorville, Chesapeake and Ironton McDonald’s locations. For more information on the festival visit www.appalachianuprising.net/default.asp.