Music Festivals Like Camp Bisco A Boon For Local Tourism And Economies

July 13, 2018 GMT

SCRANTON — For Ben Hildebrandt and David Brantner, supporting local businesses is a way to support the towns that help keep festivals like Camp Bisco alive.

The three-day electronic music festival that began Thursday on Montage Mountain drew music lovers from across the country, many of whom purchased supplies at local stores or stayed at area hotels. Hildebrandt and Brantner, both of Connecticut, were among the swarm of festivalgoers stocking up on supplies at the Montage Mini Mart on Montage Mountain Road before the festival kicked off later in the day.

“It’s always good to support local companies,” Brantner, 28, said. “Whenever I go to a festival anywhere ... I always try to support local.”

With Camp Bisco ending Saturday and the four-day rock and folk Peach Music Festival beginning July 19, the back-to-back events are a boon for tourism and the local economy, said Curt Camoni, the executive director of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Those two festivals are enormous for us,” he said. “These are major events that bring a lot of money into Lackawanna County.”

The festivals bring business to area hotels, restaurants and stores. Live Nation, which organizes music events at Montage, employs local workers, and police and medical personnel get extra hours, Camoni said.

All of that leads to a trickle-down effect for the local economy, he said.

“It’s benefiting our local economy in every which way,” he said.

Live Nation estimates Camp Bisco and the Peach Music Festival will have a $24 million economic impact on the region, drawing people from all 50 states, Live Nation spokeswoman Rachel Spivak said in an email. Hosting the festivals consecutively allows organizers to transition from one event to the next without tearing down the campground and festival sites, she said.

The county visitors bureau hopes festivals and concerts will ultimately bring people back to Northeast Pennsylvania to check out other local attractions, Camoni said.

“These types of events have a very distinct economic impact on the area that can’t be overlooked,” he said.

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