Yarmouth Selectmen Approve Country Festival at Former Drive-In Site

GOOGLE Earth: Site of former Yarmouth drive-in

YARMOUTH – The old drive-in movie property in Yarmouth has sat vacant along Route 28 for decades.

After years of false starts with different plans, the town is proposing an article to voters in the May town meeting that would allocate $2 million in Community Preservation Act funds.

The CPA money would help finance the development of a riverfront park with a boardwalk.

“We look at it as a learning event,” said Revitalization Committee Chairman Jim Saben.

“Most importantly, we’ve also just received the ability to do some improvements to the site with some funding that we got from the tourism fund.”

Saben said the goal is to continue to draw in as much funding as possible for the project to minimize the impact on taxpayers. To reach that goal, the town has been approving a number of concerts and other attractions and dedicating the money raised towards the project.

Last week, selectmen approved a Country Festival at the site for July 20 through July 21.

Promoter Patrick McDonough said the Country Festival will be “a little bit more upper-scale” than the Irish Festival, held in early-March.

“We have two national headliners. We have a national headliner whose name is Uncle Cracker on Saturday, we have the Charlie Daniels Band on Sunday,” said McDonough.

“In addition to that we’ll have music throughout the course of the day. On Saturday, the hours run from 12:00-noon to 10:00 p.m. and then on Sunday they run from 12:00-noon to 8:00 p.m. We’ll have food trucks, corn-hole tournaments, and vendors selling everything from cowboy hats to t-shirts.”

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center 

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