BROWNSVILLE, Ore. — Thousands of people from all over the state were in Brownsville Saturday for day two of the 2012 Willamette Country Music Festival. The gates opened at 11 a.m. that morning and while the first show didn’t start till 1 p.m., the crowds were anything but bored.
In cowboy hats and boots to match, country music lovers blanketed the open fields of Brownsville. While it’s an event filled back-to-back with musical guests, there’s definitely plenty of down time. On Saturday, folks arrived hours before the first performance in anticipation for their favorite stars to take the stage.
Fan Kyle Ponder said, “You know we just wanted to get here early and get good seats. We got here late last night, so it was pretty packed.”
“We want to come back next year, so this is the renewal line. We want to see Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. So we’re excited about that,” said fellow fans Brian Bow and RoxAnn Culbertson.
Country music lover Deborah Hall said,”We actually all went to high school together, so it’s a good time to catch up and reminisce.”
Most of the folks we talked to were just taking it easy before the big show. They didn’t have a set plans other than just relaxing with good company.
Organizers said while they have plenty of vendors to keep folks occupied, that festival-goers have been pretty creative about how to keep themselves entertained.