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Campers get early start in Big Sting Country music festival

Campers buzzing into The Big Sting – It’s a Country Thing Country Music Festival will be able to participate in a few early activities before the main event begins.

While the main camping tickets are sold out, there is one available $900 VIP Camping ticket that includes a lakeside view, four VIP passes providing access to the VIP tent and dinner Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13. The people who are camping start coming in Wednesday, Oct. 10 and will be able to participate in an exclusive Prescott Valley Adventure Day and Whiskey Row Scavenger Hunt Wednesday evening according to Shadows Foundation President and Founder Vicki Burton.

“They’ll go to the participating businesses on our list and get their little stickers,” Burton said. “Then they win things.”

Some of the prizes are overnight stays at Twin Arrows in Flagstaff and weekend passes for next year, she said.

There’s also an intimate singer-songwriter concert for all of the campers Thursday night, Oct. 11 the ticket for which is included in their campsite, Burton said. Limited individual tickets are also available for $15 per person, she said. The 7 p.m. concert includes Paul Overstreet, J. Michael Harter, James Otto and D. Vincent Williams. Williams has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Ty Herndon and Overstreet’s songs have been sung by George Jones, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Alison Kraus, The Judds, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more.

Otto and Williams are on the lineup for the main concerts that begin at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Williams will be joined by the Nashville Allstars. Also on the lineup this year are Ned Ledoux, Craig Campbell, Mogollon, Tim Hurley, The Briana Payne Band, Drew Cooper, The County Line, The Cole Trains, Southbound, Katelyn Snyder and Ryan Robinette.

The festival benefits the Shadows Foundation, a nonprofit based in Flagstaff that helps those affected by life-threatening diseases by providing services and financial assistance when they need it. It’s the fourth Big Sting country music festival and the second year the event has been held in Prescott after some great feedback from last year, Burton said.

It also makes sense to have the event in Prescott because the Shadows Foundation supports responders from the area,

“We do a heart screening for all of our Northern Arizona first responders,” Burton said. “We’re actually providing that for our responders from that area and … we have a couple that we’re funding from that area.”

Tickets are $50 for a two-day weekend pass and $25 for a single day pass, available online at Parking passes are $20 per vehicle for weekend camper parking and $5 per vehicle per day for day parking.

It all happens at Watson Lake, 3101 Watson Lake Road.

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