Night in the Country Music Festival returns to the Lyon departmental campsite

Night in the Country is clinging to its old stomping grounds for now.

The three-day country music festival will return to the Lyon County Fairgrounds from July 21-23, 2022. Headliners this year include Tracy Lawrence, Dustin Lynch and Chris Young. Tickets are $150 and camping passes are sold out.

This year, the 10,000-person festival planned to move to its new permanent home, on rural farmland a mile down the road from the fairgrounds. Several business owners donated the property to the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley for the use of the festival, which is a fundraiser for the club.

The festival will not move to the new property until 2024, according to festival organizers. Site work on the property has been delayed due to shortages of labor and construction materials.

For the past 20 years, the festival has been held on the fairgrounds and over 100 acres of nearby ranches, but plans changed when local onion grower Peri and Sons Farms purchased the ranch. neighbor in early 2020.

Typically, the ranch was used for the 2,600 campsites, but that was no longer going to be possible due to harvest cycles.

However, the stars aligned when Peri and Sons also struggled to find labor – in their case to plant onions and other crops, according to festival director Justin Aguilar. Thus, the farm said that this year the festival could again use the site for its campsites.

Photo from Night in the Country 2019 on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

“I thought, hallelujah,” Aguilar said, noting that festival organizers were previously apprehensive about trying to rush the new property the first time. “It’s all about first impressions. We want to make sure everything is done right.”

The biggest problem over the past few weeks has been dealing with campers who have already purchased campsites based on the assumption that they would be in the new ownership. As the festival is relocated to the old campsite, some people will have their pitches reconfigured, especially if they have purchased more than one.

This year there will be over 3,000 campsites, comparable to what the festival will eventually have on the new property as well.

While Peri and Sons initially tried to give another property to the festival last year, one further out of town and bumping into a number of residences, it didn’t work out due to neighbours’ concerns. This property, also a partial gift from Peri and Sons, has only two neighbors, both Night in the Country fans.

“One of the neighbors is really excited to sit on her back porch and listen to music,” Aguilar said.

Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to here.

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