Oro Valley Music Festival brings big bucks into local economy - Tucson News Now

Oro Valley Music Festival brings big bucks into local economy

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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The local economy got an estimated $4 million boost this weekend.

Thousands of people gathered for the two-day Oro Valley Music Festival, now in its second year, at the Golf Club at Vistoso. It's already one of the biggest music events to hit Southern Arizona in recent times, pulling in about 6,000 people on Saturday alone.

Country music fans from across the country flocked to Oro Valley to take in the sounds of the festival. Concertgoer Bobby Valero said he traveled 400 miles to be there.

Fans tapped their cowboy boots to the beat of the music.

"These are my favorite boots. I bought them for my sister’s wedding," said concertgoer Tami Smith.

Some people were even two-stepping their way through the crowd. 

The event isn’t just bringing big names to Tucson, it’s also bringing in big bucks. Event organizers say the surrounding hotels are sold out and concertgoers are filling their tummies at our restaurants.

"Last year, we estimate $1 million, $1.5 million impact to the economy in Oro Valley. This year we think we’ll triple that," said Rich Elias, general manager of the Golf Club at Vistoso.

Local folks said they enjoy having some of country music’s best performers so close to home.

"It’s great to have this concert right in our backyard,” Mary Jones said.

"Really excited for Billy Currington. Yep he’s my favorite,” Tami Smith said.

The concert continues Sunday night with Daughtry and Colbie Caillat, among other performers. You can buy tickets here or at the gate for $50. On Sunday, kids 10 years and younger get in for free.

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