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Lockn' Officials Prepare for Thousands to Attend 2014 Event

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Nelson County, VA - Lockn' officials say festival goers will see major improvements to this year's event. The four day music festival kicks off at 6 tomorrow morning in Nelson County.

Last year, many attendees grew frustrated after waiting hours to enter the festival.

"We said show up at 9:00...everybody showed up at 9:00" said festival co-founder Dave Frey.

However, this year festival co- founders Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro say they purchased a 385-acre farm adjacent to the festival grounds as a solution to the delay. "So we'll be able to take a lot more cars, a lot more quickly" said co-founder Frey. "Us being able to add 400 acres, that we control right next to us, lifts Lockn' really to another level" added co-founder Peter Shapiro.

Among those improvements, Lockn' officials say they've installed more lights around the concession booths that sell alcohol. "We have a spectacular lighting scenario right now. We have a couple lighting engineers that have helped us engineer all the big spaces" said Lockn' organizer Ben Thompson.

Poor lighting was one of the reasons Virginia ABC revoked the concession license for Lockn's food and beverage concessionaire. They also cited drug use and prohibited behavior.

"We both have the same goals. we both have the same goals of having a successful event without incident" said Thompson.

Ben Thompson has been organizing the 'local tent', which showcases local breweries, wineries and restaurants.

The festival founders say each year they want to incorporate more local businesses in every aspect of Lockn'. "All the people working here who are building the stages.This is a major event made by Nelson County and Virginia" said Shapiro.

Frey says they will have over 500 security guards, including 30 on horseback, for this year's event.

He says with more security checking cars as they enter, there won't be as long of a wait at the festival entrance.

VDOT suggests drivers should get on Route 151 from Route 29 in Amherst County, and take it to Route 250 in Albemarle County. This route is not recommended for trucks.

For additional up-to-date information on traffic throughout the event, you can call 511 or 511Virginia.org.
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