NEAR BROWNSVILLE, Ore. — Thousands of people are in Brownsville this weekend for the Bimart Willamette Country Music Festival. These country music fans said the music so far has been great and they’re looking forward to the rest of the weekend.
Hours before the concerts begin, country music fans like Keith and Kelli Strange flood into the festival venue.
“We love the camping, it’s a huge family event for us. We have six spots together. Great weather, great entertainment, great family event,” said Strange.
Generations of their family come out to the festival each and every year. “Kids are with us, our aunts, parents come,” said Strange.
For the last five years, the Strange family said the festival has brought in some really big acts. This year is no exception, with Gary Allen hitting the stage opening night.
“So far it’s great. So far great. Last night’s concert was great. We’re really excited about tonight. I haven’t seen Eric Church, so I’m really excited about that,” said Strange.
While the music is great, families say another draw is time spent at the campsites. For some of the youngest festival goers, their favorite part is the Kid Zone. “I do the rock wall and blow up balloons,” said Emma Fellows.
Daytime fun may bring these families together, but what brings them back to the festival year after year, the music acts at night like Eric Church on Saturday and Blake Shelton on Sunday.