Detroit Lakes prepares for We-FestDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - People are piling into Detroit Lakes, stocking up for a packed We-Fest weekend. The 29th annual country music festival kicks off tomorrow at Soo Pass Ranch. But for business the rush starts today.
People are piling into Detroit Lakes, stocking up for a packed We-Fest weekend. The 29th annual country music festival kicks off tomorrow at Soo Pass Ranch. But for business the rush starts today.
Shoppers are swarming into stores all around Detroit Lakes, getting ready for their We-Fest weekend marathon.
Mike Buchholz – Going to We-Fest: "Burgers, brats, hot dogs, cheese, tacos, chips, water, everything. Gotta have everything."
Sasha Velenchenko – Going to We-Fest: "Basically sandwich stuff, and stuff for the grill "
Central Market is a hot spot. Carts are full, putting a big grin on Deli Director Cindy Hilger's face.
Cindy Hilgers - Deli Director: "We just have everything we can out for We-Fest."
She's been stocking up for weeks, getting ready to double sales in what she calls an exhausting weekend.
Hilgers - "It's kinda fun, but its a lot of work, you know, 12 to 14 hour days."
Cashiers in cowboy clothes are swiping camping necessities through their scanners, and incessant beeps ring through the rafters. Across the street at Lakes Liquor, long lines are proof that part of the We-Fest celebration includes spirits.
Brad MacMaster – Lakes Liquor Manager: "We order a lot of extra stock, we have everybody working, and just try to keep up."
All necessities for the crowded campgrounds full of weekend We-Fest fun.
But some can't stand the blistering heat or close quarters, pumping up hotel business back in Detroit Lakes."
Scott Mehlhaff – Best Western Owner: "People just wanting to maybe take a shower before they camp for a few days, so we love having all the people in town..
More than 50 rooms, full of people wanting a party atmosphere, but craving homey sleeping quarters.. Something not everyone can claim during this year's heaven in 11.
We-Fest starts the show with Charlie Daniels Band and Blake Shelton performing, with Brad Paisley closing out the night.