"You Know it's Summer When They're Rockin' in Weedsport"
Beginning in the early 1980s, a small village in Cayuga County formerly known as Weeds Basin began an extraordinary run into the foray of presenting live music to complement its already successful dirt motor racing entity.
What started as a small pavilion type setup grew into a commodity at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home to DIRT Motorsports, founded by Greater Syracuse Sports Hall Of Fame inductee and music promoter Glenn Donnelly, setting the stage to grow into a grandstand that accommodated the hierarchy of the music industry elite, upcoming and otherwise.
Music fans came from afar, backing up the traffic coming from the Route 90 Thruway corridor at Exit 40 for hours — at times delaying the start of a concert. People trekked from Rochester and Utica, Watertown and Binghamton, and all points in between and beyond.
“Growing up, you’re always listening to music,” Donnelly said about his decision to present concerts. “It was a good experience. We were there at the right time. We put more than 2 million people through those gates.”