Greeneville, Tennessee is expecting lots of visitors and some famous folks this weekend; hometown favorites The Band Perry will perform a free show Saturday night and thousands of fans will cram into one space.
"We've heard 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 [people] -- we haven't a clue," said Tom Ferguson, President of Greene County Partnership.
The talented trio is sure to pack them in, especially because it's a free show. "When you mention the word 'free’, nobody really knows," said Terry Cannon, Police Chief.
Yes, it's a free concert. With the chance of up to 50,000 people making their way into a town meant for only 15,000, parking is going to be an issue.
We learned roads from Spencer Square to Summer Street, leading into Main Street would be closed, as well as portions of Depot and Church Streets, which means no parking in those spots. "The 5 block area is going to be blocked off, you cannot get into the event area," said Ferguson.
Ferguson tells us they have an easier option than trying to park in downtown, especially for those coming from out of town. "We will be running a shuttle and we'll have you in downtown Greeneville within 10 minutes," he said.
Ferguson says concertgoers can go to either the Greene County fairgrounds or to Hal Henard Elementary School to ride a shuttle bus to downtown. "That's a lot easier than coming to downtown Greeneville at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon and discovering everything is all full," said Ferguson.
Ferguson says if you do decide to take the chance and park near downtown, get there early. "We expect people to get here [Friday]," he said.
We spoke to one resident who lives near downtown and she said she is renting her driveway. "There's going to be a lot of traffic, so I figured I'd let people come and park if they wanted to. For anybody looking for a spot, I'll be a dollar cheaper," laughed Abby Lawson.
However, regardless of where you decide to park, Cannon says you need to follow parking laws if you want to see the show. "They don't need to park on the street, they will be towed if their vehicle is left standing in the street," said Cannon.
If you need to park in a handicap spot, you can park at the Greeneville First Baptist Church.