Shortly before noon, thousands of campers began the slow methodical journey down Highway 228, pulling into the camp east of town.
Camping spots are sold out. That’s because many of the people there Thursday have been preparing for this week since last year’s show.
“We enjoy country music, and it’s a good chance to come and see several different entertainers in one setting,” said country music fan Karen Arvidson.
“We like the music, and we like the area. It’s beautiful here,” said festival goer Michael Pack.
Along with tents, chairs, tarps, food, drinks and even swimming pools, campers are packing patience.
Highway 228 into the fairgrounds will be congested. So will I-5.
Concert goers coming from the north are encouraged to use the Highway 34 exit and travel along 7 Mile Road.