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Motor homes flocking to Cadott for Country Fest

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 Eau Claire (WQOW) - The party starts in less than 48 hours; that's when the first performers will take the stage at this year's Country Fest in Cadott. This year, grounds are filling up faster than ever.

"Our VIP is already sold out, and it sold out before the event for the first time ever which is very promising," said Jill Brenner, Country Fest Director of Marketing.

More than 1,000 motor homes are ready and waiting; counting down the minutes to Country Fest. Some are newer than others.

"We bought this one today just for this reason, for doing this festival," said Marc Hagel, who is making his 12th trip to Country Fest.

Hagel brought his son in law Chris Nehring to the fest grounds for the first time three years ago.

"We actually went into VIP, and fell in love with it, and immediately bought our tickets for the following year. And as soon as the gates open we buy our tickets for the next year," said Nehring.

This is his second time camping out for the shows, but this year they've moved to a spot with electricity. There’s only one problem.

"It's obviously a little bit moist from all the rain we've gotten and the ground has gotten a little bit soft. When we backed the motor home in, it sank down into a hole, and it doesn't want to move," explained Nehring.

One big improvement at this year's event is that no one should need to stand on the roof of an r-v for cell phone reception. There's been a permanent tower installed on the grounds.

"People really can't live without social media, we know that. You put thousands and thousands of people in the middle of a field, all vying for the same signal, it gets a little bit difficult," said Brenner.

What's easier is asking people to pick which performer they're most excited to see hit the stage.

"Florida Georgia Line, they're brand new this year. We're going to go see them for sure, they've never been to one of these fests, so we're looking forward to that," Hagel said.

Gates to the concert area will open at 2 p.m. Thursday and WQOW News 18 will be there. We'll be broadcasting live and we'll be giving away lots of fun prizes throughout the day. Make sure to follow News 18 on Facebook and Twitter, then come find us on the grounds!

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