ALADDIN, Wyo. For more than 30 years, the Redwater Revival Music Festival has marked the end of the school year and signified the beginning of summer fun.

This year will be no different, as four bands will provide 12 straight hours of music, friends will gather for camping, and families will play games in an open campground near Aladdin, Wyo.

Started in 1972 by Dan Island, former owner of The Backporch bar in Spearfish, the Redwater Revival began as a picnic and a way for Island to show his customers appreciation for their patronage. Though the event has changed somewhat over the years, it remains a family affair that offers a variety of entertainment in an effort to celebrate the beginning of summer.

This year's event will be held at the Redwater Creek Campground, near Aladdin, Wyo. over Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25. Musical acts that will headline this year's event include Stacy LeRoy Block and Double Vision from noon to 4 p.m.; Bonefish from 4 to 8 p.m., and 3rd Lift from 8 p.m. to midnight. All bands will represent a mix of country and rock, with a mixture of old and new music.

Sound for the event will be handled by Simon Sound and Light, of Newcastle, Wyo.

In order to enjoy the full musical lineup, owner Rita Callaway-Spizzirri said camping will be available to anyone who wants to stay through the weekend, with spots opening up Friday, May 23. Additionally, Callaway-Spizzirri, said there will be various family activities, including disc golf, horseshoes, baseball, basketball, and other games. Vendors will sell beer, brats, hamburgers, and pancakes for breakfast in the morning.

Tickets for the event and camping are $15 for those who have their own tent, or $20 for anyone who needs to rent a tent and sleeping bag. RV camping is $20 for the first person, and $5 for each additional person. A day pass for people who do not wish to camp is $15. Children ages 16 and under will be admitted free of charge.

The Redwater Creek Campground is located at Interstate 90, Exit 199. After exiting the Interstate, travel four miles toward Aladdin, Wyo., on Highway 111 and look for signs.


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