Saturday, June 21st, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- A concert that's been a part of Augusta for over a decade is coming to an end. Today is the last time artists will take the stage at Powerfest.
"I've seen it from scratch and from the beginning of Powerfest," said Kydd Joe.
Powerfest a hip-hop concert that's been part of Augusta for 14 years is coming to an end.
"Good things don't always last but better things are set to come," said Joe.
The annual concert has grown over the years. It typically brings in 5,000 to 10,000 people.
It first started at Diamond Lakes, then moved to the Lock and Dam, and has been here at the Augusta Fair Grounds for the past 9 years
but rewind a few months, mounds of debris from the ice storm still covered the grounds.
Augusta was allowed to house all the debris there on one stipulation,
that it was cleaned up by the time for Powerfest. Clean up did not meet the deadline and caused major issues for the annual event.
"It created a tremendous amount of confusion. It had always been the third or fourth weekend in April, and then to have to cancel it because the grounds had not been renovated from the collection site.
It was very stressful for all of us," said Joe Taylor with the Augusta Fair Ground.
"This is a historical moment in the city because this is a staple within the city. 14 years we've brought some of the biggest names in the country to Powerfest," said Kydd.
It's also brought in money as well, and just as fans are sad to see it go so is one vendor.
"I'm heart broken right now," said Daniel Williams.
Daniel Williams travels from Savannah to set up shop for the past seven years. He says business at Powerfest is great, and not having the concert will set him back some major bucks, and now he'll have to find a change in venue.
"It's a let down for me, but that's the way it is. I'll have to find something else to replace it. Things change, I've got to change," said Williams.
Those with Powerfest say it's a bitter sweet ending and they're working on something even bigger and better.