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Festival managers across the Quad Cities Area already have their concert lineups in place. Many are bringing big names and big business to the area. Every year, the budget for them to perform increases, but so does the payoff. Mississippi Valley Fair general manager, Bob Fox, says it cost around $150,000 to book artists around 20 years ago. Today, the budget is $900,000. However, with major talent, he says, more tickets are sold.
Organizers of a new festival in Galva, Illinois, are counting on that.

"Pretty happy with who we got this year," said Tyler Glaser, who grew up in Galva. He and his friend, Nik Grafelman, are members of Wiley Park Productions, which is partnering with 102.5 Hog Country, a Kewanee radio station, to put on the Back Road Music Festival.

"We've been to concerts our whole life, and the last couple of years, we've kind of been putting this idea together," Glaser said.

When they decided to plan a large-scale country music festival, they went for four of Nashville's finest acts.

"We ended up getting one, and then they just kind of started falling into place," he said.

Galva City Park District will soon host Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard, Joe Diffie and Jon Pardi. Organizers say the event will impact Henry County and other communities in rural Illinois.

"In order to get here, you have to go through there," Glaser said. "So, we kind of want to showcase what those small towns offer as well."

They expect thousands of people to turn out for the festival, and spend their money at local businesses, restaurants, and gas stations while they're in town. Fox says people will come to town to see major acts that are interested in coming to the QCA.

"They're coming up in the world, and by the summer time, they'll probably have a couple, three major hits on the market," he said.

Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, and Craig Morgan are just a few of the Mississippi Valley Fair performers.

"I've always said that, when a bird starts singing in the Quad Cities, there's a ticket sold in every corner," Fox said.

The Mississippi Valley Fair runs from July 29th through August 3rd in Davenport. The Back Road Music Festival is a one-day event set for Saturday, August 16th. Meanwhile, the area's newest festival, the Heartland Jam, is taking this year off. Organizers on the event's Facebook page say it will be back in 2015.

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