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Man Attending All Good Festival Dies


An estimated 11,000-15,000 people attended the All Good Music Festival upon its return to West Virginia this past weekend.



After four years, the All Good Music Festival returned to West Virginia to Summit Point near Charles Town in Jefferson County. The festival was previously held in Preston County for eight years, in Ohio for two years, and took a hiatus in 2014.

Authorities say one person attending the festival died and 248 others received treatment for sunburns, blisters, dehydration, intoxication and drug use. Only about 17 people needed to be transported to a local hospital.

26-year-old, James William Snyder of the Baltimore area died of an apparent drug overdose Saturday night. He was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at Jefferson Medical Center.

Jefferson County Sheriff, Pete Dougherty says Snyder appeared to have had some previous drug related arrests. Foul play does not seem to be a factor.

Dougherty says 40 arrests were made mostly related to drug and alcohol offenses.

“We believe that between the sheriff’s office, and my deputies, special deputies, the reserves, and the municipal police officers that helped us, we had well-over 1400 hours, man hours of service during the event,” Dougherty said.

But the sheriff says the weekend could’ve gone a lot worse.


“I’d give us an A for the traffic, I’d give us an A for the neighborhood, and I’d give us probably a C for the interior site. I think there’s still a lot more, if events like this are going to occur in the future that we’d like to do to try to stop or minimize it even more.”


Martinsburg-based Ryneal Medical Transport provided emergency services during the three-day festival in Summit Point.