Our Views: Superfest back for next year

We’re glad that some of the biggest names in country music will be visiting Baton Rouge once again as part of Bayou Country Superfest’s 2013 schedule.

The Memorial Day weekend event has been a big tourist attraction for Baton Rouge since the festival began in 2010. The festival attracted 75,000 people last year, many of them from out of town. Their presence has translated into high demand at area hotels and restaurants, which is a boost for the local economy. Paul Arrigo, president of Visit Baton Rouge, the city-parish’s tourism bureau, said that local hotel occupancy for the 2012 Superfest exceeded occupancy during the recent LSU-Alabama football game.

Next year’s Superfest schedule includes the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Love and Theft and Frankie Ballard.

That line-up promises to inspire continued interest in the festival among country music fans.

We commend local and state officials who have worked to make Bayou Country Superfest a reality.