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2017 Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally musical lineup announced

TOWN OF DICKINSON, N.Y. - The Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally has announced an expanded musical lineup for this year's festival.

A news conference was held Wednesday at Otsiningo Park, home of the annual 3-day event.

This year, two evenings will be devoted to classic rock and the other to country.

On Friday, Styx with original singer Dennis DeYoung performs.

On Saturday, a twin bill of Blue Oyster Cult and Eddie Money.

Then Sunday, three country acts, Kellie Pickler, Sara Evans and up-and-coming 15 year-old singer Savannah Harmon of Syracuse.

Event Coordinator Dave Pessagno says the concerts are always a big draw.

"People coming from all over the country. My phone rings all of the time starting right after the first of the year talking about Spiedie Fest. A lot of people have come in from out of town and stumbled upon the event or looked up the event," said Pessagno.

Friday festival admission will be free again thanks to Visions and Tioga Downs Casino remains the title sponsor.

Tickets for all 3 days are just $20 until July 9th.

At Wednesday's news conference, a moment of silence was held to honor Ferris Akel, who recently passed away.

Akel was an owner of the former Giant Markets which was an early and consistent supporter of the festival.

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