Saturday’s first-ever Tennessee River Jam should sell out and be at its 4,000-person capacity, according to Travis McLeese, the executive director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the music-filled event.
He said 2,500 tickets were spoken for more than a week ago, and sales were picking up. Also, possibly 3,000-5,000 more people are expected to see and hear Saturday’s main concert from boats on Kentucky Lake.
McLeese said as of May 10 — six weeks before the River Jam — people had bought tickets from 10 different states and 76 cities.
He shared information that concertgoers will need to know:
Both entrances to the park will be open, with the main parking area being between the swimming pool and picnic pavilion.
Once that area is full, vehicles will begin filling the lot near the Don Ridgeway Conference Center. And plans have been made to handle more vehicles, if needed.
The ticket booth will be at the four-way intersection south of the picnic pavilion, and tickets should still be available for purchase there.
All bags and purses will be searched upon entering.
No seating will be available, so people are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets.
The park’s public swimming pool and swim beach both will be closed Saturday for the concert.
The following items won’t be allowed into the concert area: weapons, coolers, backpacks, flotation devices, tents or canopies, pets or any outside food or drinks, including alcohol.
Caution: Alcohol will be sold at this concert, by the park’s Marker 66 Restaurant staff set up in the picnic pavilion.
And seven food vendors will line the picnic pavilion’s horseshoe drive, while a row of portable restrooms will be across the road toward the swimming pool and main parking area.
Merchandising vendors will be to the north or left of the picnic pavilion when facing the amphitheater stage.
A safety command center will be south of the stage, on the road to the swim beach, manned by 50 officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, park rangers, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (with boats in the water checking all watercraft), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Coast Guard.
Also, four THP officers in cars will be patrolling the Ned McWherter Bridge, where the lane closest to the park will be closed, in case people can see and hear the concert from that distance.
In addition to the Jam, 11 other concerts will be taking place Friday-Sunday at six other venues. Information about each is included in this four-page “wrap-around.”
Just pull off the first two and last two pages in this section, and readers will have everything they need to enjoy the three days of music events.