The three-day festival, scheduled for
This year organizers made several changes to the facilities -- located at
Finally, organizers expanded the parking and camping areas, and dropped the price to
To ensure safety, more than 300 police officers, medics and fire crews will be on hand, Lenhart said. The sheriff, who has attended every Country Concert the past three decades, said there's rarely any problems. But they opted to have a large safety crew on hand as a precaution.
Last year the weather was a challenge, and fans and performers took cover under a tent that didn't guard well against the elements. But this year organizers replaced it with a building that can hold a large number of people and withstand inclement weather, Barhost said.
The first 5,000 people to arrive will receive a gold circle wristband and will be seated behind the stage front seats. It's a tradition organizers started several years ago to reward for arriving early, he said.
Food and beverages will be available for sale, but fans have the option of bringing their own. And those plan to drink are encourage to have a designated driver.
"If you have never come to the Country Concert, this is a great year to try it," Barhost said. "It's basically like a family reunion for us and the fans."
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