PANTEGO — With a lengthy lineup of local and tribute bands, PantegoFest organizers say they hope to draw twice as many visitors during this year’s three-day festival.The second annual PantegoFest, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bowen Road and Park Row Drive, will also feature food trucks, arts and crafts displays, a fun run and a 5K road race, beer tasting, a mechanical bull, bounce houses, and other activities for children and adults. Public Safety Chief Thomas Griffith, who coordinated the festival, said crowds were smaller than expected at last year’s event, which was held on a cold and rainy weekend.To boost attendance, Griffith said, he hired a music promoter to book 15 bands, including Mingo Fishtrap and Me and My Monkey, that would help turn PantegoFest into a local festival known for music.“I think we are really going to have some bigger crowds this year because of the entertainment and the following they have,” Griffith said. “If we get 10,000 to 12,000 people, I will be pretty happy.”Tickets, which can be bought online or at the gate, are $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass. Children under 6 get in free. Some activities may cost extra. “It’s the best deal in town,” Griffith said. “For $5, you will hear anywhere from four to eight bands playing.”Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, motorists should expect Park Row Drive to be closed between Bowen and Milby roads in Pantego. The road is expected to reopen around 9 p.m. Sunday, Griffith said.Parking is available at surrounding businesses or in a field on Miller Lane. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
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