Athens Prepares for Country Night Lights

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Country music fans have a weekend just for them lined up in Athens County.

Country music star Sam Hunt will headline the first Country Night Lights festival on Saturday.

The event’s promoter, Prime Social Group, is also the group that brings the annual Number Fest to Athens.

The Columbus-based promoter hired the Athens County Sheriff’s Office to keep Country Night Lights safe.

Lt. Aaron Maynard said the main goal is to keep festival-goers in order.

Lt. Maynard also said there will be the heavy presence of law enforcement in and around The Venue, off W. Union St. and Township Highway 557. Patrol cars are scheduled to monitor neighborhoods nearby.

While free public bus shuttles will not be offered to the event, there will be shuttles for those who pay to park at the Athens County Fairgrounds.

After the event, camping will be offered with the purchase of a $20 camping pass. Prohibited items on the campsite include open flames, drugs, anything glass, generators, pets, or tents larger than 15′ x 15′.

Dominic Petrozzi, Prime Social Group Director of Festival Operations, said the event will start with a tailgate outside The Venue.

Festival-goers are allowed to bring alcohol to the tailgate. But Petrozzi said after the tailgate, alcohol must be purchased inside the event.

In addition to Sam Hunt, Country Night Lights headliners include Easton Corbin and Chase Bryant. Doors open at 2 p.m.