MORRISTOWN - A year of waiting ends today as concert-goers will get their first taste of the 36th annual Jamboree In The Hills.
Early this morning, dozens of brave souls raced to claim the best spots on Jamborees sprawling lawn during the first of four Redneck Runs slated this weekend. Many fans consider a good vantage point key to enjoying not only the show on stage, but also for interacting with passersby.
Thousands of attendees have been camping for the past four days, many taking part in Wednesdays unofficial kickoff concert at the Valley View Campgrounds that gave them a taste of the country music on tap for the weekend.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
The race was on this morning for the best seats in the house at Jamboree In The Hills during the traditional opening 'Redneck Run.' Opening ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. today, with headlining performer Jason Aldean taking the stage at 9:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, a steady stream of cars made their way to campsites as campers continued to set up their temporary homes. Many did so in a steady rain, which also gave them a preview of the weekend.
Although the local area experienced extreme heat and near-100 degree temperatures throughout the early part of the week, a 60 percent chance of rain is forecast for today and this evening, as well as scattered thunder storms throughout the weekend with highs in the 80s. However, the prospect of wet weather didnt scare most Jamboree-goers as they continued the party late Wednesday.
Leading off todays performances, which will follow opening ceremonies at 4 p.m., is Ohio Valley native Joe Zelek. He has the honor of opening the show at 4:15 p.m., followed by Rachel Farley and Colt Ford at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m., respectively.
Country stalwart Tracy Lawrence takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by tonights headliner, Jason Aldean, at 9:30 p.m.