Festival announces Comstock event - Landowner, performer say not happening

COMSTOCK - - Just when many had thought they had heard the last of a music festival in Comstock, the rumor mill has once again begun to churn. And there seems to be some question as to what is fact and what is fiction. According to the festival’s website, comstockmusicfestivals.com, a country festival is in the works for the end of this month. The website is advertising the need for stage hands to help set up the stage Thursday, May 31, and tear it down Monday, June 4. The site is also advertising a concert featuring Sammy Kershaw, who they say is scheduled to appear Sunday, June 3. However, a phone call to Kershaw’s management contradicts that claim. According to Billy Holland of Holland Management Group in Nashville, Tenn., Kershaw had been booked for a concert in Comstock June 3, but that show has been removed from the country artist’s schedule. Holland did not give a reason for the change. The festival website, however, does still list Kershaw as confirmed to appear on that date. News of a concert event on the property also came as a surprise to Jim Trotter, who owns the property where the festivals have previously been held. Trotter confirmed that no one from the music festivals organization has contacted him regarding a show for this year. For more on this story, see this week's Custer County Chief.