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Lockn' Ready: Music Fans Begin Arriving at Festival

September 4, 2013

The Lockn' Music Festival gets underway Thursday, but Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate was already buzzing Wednesday. That's where about 30,000 people are expected to converge for the new fest.

While music fans lined up to pick up their tickets, others were already camped out.

Lynchburg resident John McCaughtry was one of the first to show up on Wednesday.

"We're just going to sit here and wait until tomorrow at 9 in the morning when gates open," said McCaughtry. "We will probably be the seventh or eighth person in there and it also means we will be closer to the stage."

Michelle Quigley has already secured her spot in the field. The Asheville, North Carolina, resident is one of the dozens of vendors surrounding the main area.

Quigley and her family prepped their tent Wednesday night with items from her store, Essoya.

"We've got hula hoops, we've got sun catchers out here and agate candles," said Quigley.

Quigley and her crew have been putting in 12-hour days getting ready for the Lockn' Festival.

"We are so excited to be here for the first one," she said.

Camping officially opens at 9 a.m. Thursday. Festival goers can begin filling the performance area at 2 p.m. Music will begin around 4 p.m.

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