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John Lamb, Published July 23 2009

10,000 Lakes Festival starts with fan jam

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Hours before they cheered for the first band of the night on Wednesday, 10,000 Lakes Festival fans announced their presence around the Detroit Lakes-area music event.

Thousands of fans lined the shoulder of Highway 59 north and south of the festival grounds at Soo Pass Ranch, just west of town. The southbound shoulder was lined 1.5 miles back to County Road 6, while the northbound shoulder was filled back about a half-mile south.

The line didn’t seem to bother the concertgoers, who took advantage of the slow-moving lines to get out and stretch their legs, or chat with other fans.

At the Tesoro gas station at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 6, fans used portable toilets and picked up provisions.

Michelle “Mozy” Oliver of Mankato, Minn., took advantage of the facilities. She and her friends got in line at 7 a.m. after driving through the night. Their early rise didn’t mean a prime camping spot, however, when they found out all the Lake Sallie passes were gone. It was all good when a friend called later with passes, and the travelers got back in line.

Ticket buyers also took advantage of the traffic backup, asking people if they had extra passes to sell.

Not everyone enjoyed this jam. One frustrated area commuter in the bottleneck out of the Tesoro parking lot slammed her hands on her steering wheel in frustration, yelling, “C’mon! I just want to get to work!”

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