Kingston Downs gears up for Atlanta Steeplechase, CounterPoint
by Marie Nesmith
Apr 01, 2014 | 3013 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the Atlanta Steeplechase and CounterPoint Music Festival calling Kingston Downs home later this month, the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking forward to these events bolstering Bartow’s visibility and economy.

“It certainly is an exciting time,” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the local CVB. “With the Atlanta Steeplechase, this is an event that our community is accustomed to now after having it here many years. So we’re accustomed to seeing the influx of visitors coming in for the day. The Convention & Visitors Bureau has worked through the years to convert some of those day visitors into overnight visitors as well. But just in the sheer day volume, bringing 25,000 people to your community for a day, that’s a lot of gas being purchased locally. There’s food that’s being bought locally. There’s a lot of influx of tax dollars coming into the community. So it’s a great event.

“... At the same property, of course, now we’re looking at CounterPoint, which is a completely different type of event, the weekend following the Steeplechase. ... There will be a lot of camping with this particular event, so we’re not looking at too many overnight [visitors] resulting from this event. I’m sure there will be some people that will maybe come for the day and stay overnight, things like that, but it really is a weekend on-property, fun, energetic-type of event. One thing that we have been very impressed with the company MCP Presents that’s putting this on, they reached out very, very early to our community, really seeking a lot of local vendors and trying to make an impact economically as much as possible with this event and using as many local businesses and entities that they possibly could for all the services and things that they need.”

Billed as the best lawn party in Georgia, the Atlanta Steeplechase is expected to draw about 25,000 people to the 435-acre Kingston Downs complex in Kingston April 19. Starting at 9 a.m., the event will provide activities throughout the day, some of which include horse races, a hat parade and contest, Jack Russell terrier races, pony and camel rides, the Atlanta Peoplechase 5K Canter and Parade of the Bear Creek Hounds. A complete schedule is posted on Atlanta Steeplechase’s website,

For the second year, the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce will be promoting the host community with the Bartow Village, located between the second and third turns on Kingston Downs’ back stretch.

“During the first Bartow Village in 2013 — corporate tents sold out, premium tickets and parking passes behind Bartow Village sold out, and attendance at the Atlanta Steeplechase increased by 5,000,” stated Joe Frank Harris Jr., president of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “All of us at the Chamber could not have been more thrilled and proud, and we are excited about the 2014 Bartow Village at the Atlanta Steeplechase.

“I encourage companies interested in participating, and families looking for a fun-filled spring day, to visit the terrific new website We sold out last year, so please visit the website early.”

General admission tickets can be obtained at select Publix Supermarkets, or by calling 404-249-6400. Children younger than 12 will be admitted at no charge. Locally, Homestead Properties — 770-382-5544 — is selling general admission tickets for $25 each and parking passes for $20, as well as a variety of ticket packages.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Raffle tickets, which are $30 each or four for $100 for a Terry Reid Hyundai Equus, can be obtained by visiting

After the Atlanta Steeplechase, the CounterPoint Music Festival will take center stage at Kingston Downs from April 25 to 27. The event will bring an estimated 25,000 people daily to the venue, located on the Bartow County/Floyd County line.

“Kingston Downs is absolutely an amazing piece of property,” Kevin Earle — marketing director for MCP Presents, which is producing the outdoor music festival along with C3 Presents — told The Daily Tribune News in January. “It gives us all the room that we could ever ask for to grow this festival, which is absolutely the intent — to grow for years to come.

“Really the infrastructure there, because of the Steeplechase being there for 20 years, is something that we in the festival world aren’t really used to. ... There’s really nice roadways, electricity, water sources, etc. that are there for our use. That makes our life so much easier in the planning [stages].”

According to, CounterPoint will feature more than 70 acts, including Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster the People, STS9, J. Cole, Major Lazer, Krewella, Big Gigantic, Flux Pavilion, Above & Beyond, Matt & Kim, Thievery Corporation, A-Trak, Janelle Monae, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner, Sleigh Bells, Flosstradamus, Chance the Rapper, Griz, Shpongle, Phantogram, Moon Taxi, Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Schoolboy Q, Mat Zo, Papadosio, Rich Homie Quan, GTA, Tycho, St. Lucia, The Revivalists, YACHT, Minnesota, Ott, The Polish Ambassador, xxyyxx, Thundercat, Poolside, Wild Cub, Kill Paris, Congorock, Cashmere Cat, Hucci, Rubblebucket, Nosaj Thing, Dan Croll, Mayhem, Green Lantern, Butch Clancy, Lance Herbstrong, Tourist, Ratking, Jonas Rathsman, Watch the Duck, Kap Slap, Chrome Sparks, Basic Vacation, JMSN, Pegboard Nerds, The Floozies, Thriftworks, Deep Cotton, Five Knives, Infinity Shred, Real Magic, Roman GianArthur, Bagheera, Skrause, Shreddie Mercury, Martina McFlyy, Chris Bushnell, BLKKMorris, Ployd and The Difference Machine.

In addition to musical acts performing on various stages, CounterPoint also will feature campgrounds, an arts village, free water stations, food vendors, bars, and nonprofit and game centers on the festival site. Debuting in 2012, CounterPoint’s first venue was Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn.

With a variety of packages available, tickets will start at $180 for the three-day festival. Attendees must be 18 or older. For more information, visit