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WE FEST

Organizers of the WE Fest country music festival, which wrapped its three-day run at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch on Saturday, are already busy gearing up for its 40th anniversary celebration in 2023.
The stops around Detroit Lakes included drug arrests, driving while intoxicated citations and speeding tickets.
One 18-year-old even celebrated her birthday at the country music festival
While many restaurants and other tourist hot spots are busy over the festival, local tubing businesses say they typically see quiet days this time of year.

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“One year, LoCash plugged in and played,” Betty Sipe said. “There were maybe 300 or 400 people here for that concert,” Mike Sipe added. “It was great.”
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If customers are waiting for credentials through the mail, “they can just come here and we will issue new credentials and cancel the old stuff — they don’t have to wait for the mail,” said WE Fest General Manager Mark Bjerke.
“We’re having some issues with our ticket fulfillment company,” said WE Fest General Manager Mark Bjerke. “They have not been able to get them (the tickets) out in a timely manner.”
The armbands will be used for pretty much all services offered on site, from admission to the campgrounds and concert bowl to food, beverage and souvenir purchases. Other improvements to this year's "WE Fest experience" have been made to the main stage, VIP hospitality and seating areas.
Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan headline

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The three-day festival will run Aug. 4, 5 and 6 in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
With headliners Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton bringing concertgoers to their feet over the weekend, WE Fest General Manager Mark Bjerke says they were quite pleased with the overall attendance and feedback they received, and are already looking ahead to 2022.
Seven more outbreaks involving fairs or festivals were identified in the last week by the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the total of such outbreaks to nine in July and 13 since the start of the pandemic last year. The state also has identified two outbreaks linked to concerts in July and its first outbreak involving customers of a bar or restaurant since mid-June.

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