The Porterfield Country Festival Spurs Interest In Other Festivals Over The Past Three Decades

Twenty years after Hank and Linda Green struggled to honor tickets to the first Porterfield Country Music Festival, they launched a second music festival, and this year that festival was 11 years old.  The Porterfield Crusin’ Oldies Festival which was started as a result of requests from friends and fans, wrapped up its annual three-day event on July 22.

Porterfield Crusin' Oldies Festival grounds

Green’s Green Acres Campgrounds, the location of the Porterfield Country Music Festival, also hosts the Porterfield Crusin’ Oldies Festival every July. (Photo by: Laurie Caebe)

With a popular oldies music format the festival includes vintage car, motorcycle and tractor shows, as well as other 50’s type activities on the grounds.  Running about a month after the country festival, Porterfield’s Crusin’ Oldies Festival draws many of the same audience members.

Spokesperson for the Porterfield Corporation, Linda Green, says the Oldies festival is about a third of the size of the more established country music festival and continues to grow every year. Green says that the long-term success of both the Porterfield Country Music Festival and Porterfield Crusin’ Oldies Festivals has led to requests for various types of festivals over the years. The most recent request is for a polka festival, which has been a successful format for other festivals in the region and which appeals to some of the same audience demographic of the country and oldies festivals.

Although both the country and oldies festivals have been successful and managed to stand the test of time, a Christian music festival held on the Porterfield grounds did not fair as well.

In 2000, local resident Shelly Kanyuh of Godthing Productions, worked with Linda Green to produce a Christian music festival on the Porterfield grounds.  Kanyuh set a date for the festival, selected a Christian Booking agent to provide talent, and negotiated with various concessions operators to take spots at the festival.  With volunteers from her church, donations of food and well-known local and regional niche market talent, Kanyuh and Godthing Productions launched the, Joyful Noise Christian Music Festival at Green’s Green Acres.

After two years, lower than anticipated attendance, higher than estimated expenses and other unforeseen complications lead to cash flow problems for the fledgling festival. Local Christian radio station WPFF took the festival and produced it under the name Powerfest, for another two years, before shutting it down altogether.  Both Green and Kanyuh believe that one of the main areas affecting festival attendance was advertising and promotion and feel that it might have had a greater opportunity for success if it had been handled differently.

The Christian music festival format was eventually successful in the Marinette and Menominee area though. WPFF now sponsors an annual event called Harmony by the Bay Festival in downtown Menominee.  The well attended one-day festival is free to festival-goers and offers various concessions and merchandise in the more central downtown location.

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Cat Country 95.1 is the official radio of Porterfield Country Music Festival.

Marinette and Menominee’s Cat Country 95.1 the Official Radio Station of the Porterfield Country Music Festival will once again be giving away great prizes at the Cat Country Club House booth.

Porterfield, WI, June 8th, 2013. Bay Cities Radio, Cat Country 95.1, and the Cat Country Club will once again have a booth set up at the Porterfield Country Music Festival and be giving away great prizes to fans that register all week long.

Cat Country has been the official radio station of the festival for all 31 years, although the station was under a different name in the beginning. It is also a major sponsor of the event, and recently has been the emcee for much of it.

Radio DJ, Kit Donaldson says it’s a win, win situation for Porterfield and Cat Country, with the festival right in their back yard. They promote the festival and in return they receive exposure to the thousands of country music fans that attend the show every year.

The Cat Country “Country Club” is a membership that offers discounts to local business and chances to win prizes. The card is FREE with registration at the office or at the Cat “Country Club House” at the Porterfield Country Music Festival.

Cat Country 95.1 located in Menominee, Michigan, and their business offices are located in the Pine Tree Mall Building at 2800 Roosevelt Rd., Marinette, WI. It is a member of Bay Cities Radio, an Armada Media Corporation Station.

Stop in at the Cat Country business offices, or at the Cat County Club booth at Porterfield Country Music Festival, to register for the Cat County Club card and other chances for prizes.

Bay Cities Radio
413 10th Avenue
Menominee, MI 49858
Phone: 906-863-5551
Fax: 906-863-5679
Sales Fax 715-732-0125

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