Final preparations being made for Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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BRISTOL, Tenn./Va. - This weekend is the 12th annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion in downtown Bristol.

More than 45,000 people are expected during the three-day event.

Workers and volunteers are putting the finishing touches in place before the big event. Early Friday morning a transformation will take place, making room for thousands of fans coming to the Rhythm & Roots festival.

To get ready, volunteers and workers have been staying busy. "Most of our volunteers are here Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday but we started preparations a week ago," says Brent Compton.

The finishing touches are being made and that includes getting ready for 80 vendors. "The craft vendors and food vendors have to have special spots and we've got to measure it, cut and make it on the streets. That way they know where to load tomorrow morning," say volunteers Whitney Singleton and Katie Sword.

In addition to vendors, restaurants are also getting ready. "Everything is tripled, quadruple everything. It's just fabulous," says Beth Morton with local restaurant CJ & Company.

"Right now we're gearing up to have 800 brownies. We just keep baking. We are here day and night," adds Morton.

Many people have been working long days getting ready for the big event, but some say they actually love the process. "We don't mind it. It's fun and we want everybody to come down and have fun. It's like having a big party downtown," Singleton said Thursday.

160 different artists will be performing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first music kicks off on 5 p.m. Friday.

Three-day passes can be purchased for $50 through Thursday.

Friday weekend passes will be $60.

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