DETROIT LAKES -- The country music faithful are gathering in Detroit Lakes this weekend for the annual WE Fest at Soo Pass Ranch on the outskirts of town.
This year's edition, "Let's Go in Triple 'O," features Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, John Michael Montgomery and a long list of slightly lesser lights in the country music skyline.
The campgrounds -- there are 10 of them -- officially opened for business early this morning, and the music gets under way in earnest at 11 a.m. Friday, with performances on the main stage.
The concert area can hold about 50,000 people, and promoters say they expect a full house.
Now in its 18th year, WE Fest has evolved into one of country music's premier outdoor concert events. In fact, the Country Music Association in Nashville twice has nominated the festival for "best special event" of the year.
Other familiar names in this year's line up include Montgomery Gentry, Johnny Rivers, Toby Keith, Neal McCoy and Martina McBride.
Regional country bands will perform at the Ranch House Stage -- a new feature in this year's festival -- during equipment changes on the main stage.
Tickets are $35 per day or $90 for a three-day pass, and are available by calling 847-1681 or contacting wefest.com, the event's Web site. A complete schedule also is available at the site.
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