Poconos Park opened the doors to their revitalized venue Thursday, one week ahead of Cowboy Luau, their first major festival.
The Poconos Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting for the big day, and dignitaries from Lehman Township — Aaron Springs, Rob Rohner, and Phil Bueki — members of the Chambers of Commerce, and Kristine Bush of Senator Mario Scavello’s office, who also presented the venue with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, joined in on the fun.
“We are so pleased to bring big-name entertainment back to the Poconos,” John M. Oakes, CEO of From the Roots, the venue management and real estate company that owns Poconos Park, said. “Our vision is finish what others started and be a world-class, state-of-the-art venue that will service the entire east coast with major productions, national and international tours, multi-day music festivals, and special events, as well as private functions, weddings, company retreats and more.”
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The new Poconos Park, located in the Mountain Laurel area of Lehman Township, will operate as a boutique festival site and play host to world-class tours and productions. The complex includes two venues: the Amphitheater at Poconos Park, a 10,000+ capacity, open air amphitheater featuring a grass lawn that can be converted to an enclosed venue, and the Lakeside Theater at Poconos Park, a 10,000 square-foot banquet hall located on a 90-acre lake which can seat up to 400 people for private events.
The venue will continue to undergo several million dollars of construction and renovation, which will include full-service, on-site RV camping with hookups, and more.
The opening ceremony served as a precursor to Cowboy Luau, a two-day country music festival set for Sept. 16 and 17. Brantley Gilbert, known for hits including “Bottoms Up” and “Country Must be Country Wide,” will headline Saturday night, while Brett Young, performer of “Mercy” and “In Case You Didn’t Know” will hit the stage on Friday night.Also appearing are Uncle Kracker and Pennsylvania’s own Warren Zeiders, as well as Ryan Griffin, Dylan Schneider, Austin Meade, Kassi Ashton, Rick Monroe and the Hitmen, Aydamn, and Jake’s Rockin’ Country Band. Tickets for the event are available at cowboluau.com.