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Organizers: Cumberland is the Perfect Place for Delfest

As workers transform the fairgrounds from grass and cement to a grand stage, organizers say being on this Cumberland land was a perfect fit from day one.

CUMBERLAND, Md. -  As workers transform the fairgrounds from grass and cement to a grand stage, organizers say being on this Cumberland land was a perfect fit from day one.

"We came to Cumberland and saw the fairgrounds and fell in love with it immediately; something to do with the rocks on the mountain side that you see when you are in the concert area, to the river going by, the trains that come through here, just has that magical feel to it,” said Roy Carter, director of DelFest.

Handpicked by musician Del McCoury, the Allegany County fairgrounds became the home of the Delfest seven years ago, and organizers have worked to make sure they become part of the Cumberland community.

“We as a family have come up and met many of the locals, and we work with the locals and try to give back to the food bank and the humane society,” Lisa McCoury, director of Delfest Academy.

Since 2010, the Delfest foundation has raised funds for organizations that focus on homelessness, music and the environment.

"Generally a lot of it has gone back into food for the homeless, they have bought a van that does meals on wheels, that was done through money raised here at the festival,” said Carter.

As attendees raise money and rock out to the bluegrass sounds, organizers hope the atmosphere and music will capture them for many years to come.

“Once you do it once we got you, because then you are going to want to keep coming back,” said Carter.



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