FLORENCE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Country fans can rejoice as the music genre's biggest festival in Arizona is back. Country Thunder returns to Florence for the first time since 2019. Thousands of fans are expected to head to Canyon Moon Ranch off of State Route 79. On Wednesday, the day before the festivities are set to begin, Pinal County Sheriff's Office said there were major traffic delays on the roads to Florence. Highway 79 and U.S. 60 are expected to be backed up during the weekend.
Dustin Lynch will headline Country Thunder on Thursday, Old Dominion will finish off Friday, Luke Combs headlines Saturday and Eric Church will finish off the festival on Sunday night. A full line-up can be viewed here. Morgan Wallen was supposed to headline Friday but he dropped out after a video surfaced of him using a racial slur earlier this year.
For fans still looking to snag some tickets, it may be tough to do because of the price and sellouts. As of Wednesday evening, Country Thunder said it has less than 2,000 tickets available for weekend general admission. That means tickets for the platinum experience, reserved seating and single-day general admission are sold out. Kids ages 10 and under can attend for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. The four-day general admission tickets run nearly $300 after taxes and fees. Tickets to camp there are also sold out. A weekend day parking pass costs $30 while single-day parking costs $15. Everyone who has a ticket for the 2020 Country Thunder doesn't have to do anything, as their tickets will be honored for the 2021 festival.
So what can be allowed in the festival bowl? The usual things like hats, nonprofessional cameras, lawn chairs, blankets and more. What can't be allowed? Glass containers, umbrellas, outside food and beverages including alcoholic drinks, seat cushions larger than 15 by 15 inches and more. A complete list can be found here. Country Thunder's bag policy is similar to the rules at football stadiums. That means clear plastic bags up to 14 by 17 by 6 inches, one-gallon freezer bags and small clutches are OK. Backpacks, large purses, camera bags and coolers are not. To read more about the policy, click/tap here.
Pinal County officials are reminding attendees to enjoy the music responsibly. Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer put out a PSA on Oct. 8 that emphasizes making smart decisions. "We want people to have fun, but everyone must remember that stupid decisions have real-world consequences," said Volkmer. He said during the 2017 and 2018 festivals, more than 100 people were cited for various charges, including minor in possession, assault, disorderly conduct and DUI.