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Published July 30, 2013, 09:19 PM

WE Fest 2013 is already kicking off, over 45,000 people will enter

Becker County, MN (WDAY TV)-- The population of Becker County more than doubles this weekend.

Becker County, MN (WDAY TV)-- The population of Becker County more than doubles this weekend.

45,000 people invade Soo Pass Ranch for one of the biggest country music festivals in the country, and it's all getting started tonight.

If you can hear me, We Fest 2013 is already kicking off.

Hundreds of people are hear enjoying a little pre-concert music.

But over the next few days, over 45,000 people will flood this campground.

Today, we talked with officials who tell us it takes a team to keep everything running smooth.

John Gourley- WE Fest Vice President: "I think music was made to be experienced outdoors."

For years this country music fest has put on one of the largest concerts in the Midwest.

Featuring one of the biggest stages in America, and conquering attendance numbers nationwide.

Gourley: "It's a little city unto itself each day in norther minnesota"

Over 45,000 people will enter the We Fest grounds. With more than 400 acres to roam.

But officials like John Gourley say experience is the key to security.

Gourley: "Your best plan of action is preplanning."

We Fest members have 31 years behind them.

And they've seen it all.

From under age drinking, out of control parties and even death.

But management explains those are hard lessons they learn from.

Gourley: "When you have a ton of people getting together it's a matter of setting the right tone when they come in. We are very careful about that. In terms in when people are checking in to their campground."

Each day 30,000 campers will find their way into We Fest, and even more into the concert area.

Each person, strapped with a drinking wristband and carefully guided to the correct area.

Gourley: "We work very closely with Becker County and all of their officials. We have a full blown police presence on site."

As you heard John say, officials help all from all over Becker County.

Security is running high all week, 24 hours a day.