Gates at Craven Country Jamboree closed for day after flooding
First they were dealing with the heat, minor flash flooding at the site of the Craven Country Jamboree forced organizers to close the main gates to the campground until Thursday morning.
More than two inches of rain fell in less than an hour Wednesday morning.
Organizer Kim Blevins assured people that the standing water was not a major issue but they closed the gates until 6:00a.m. Thursday to ensure campers coming in didn't get stuck.
This decision came a little too late for Doug and Susanne Pender who came in from Calgary.
"Pulled into the campsite and hit a soft, wet spot and got her stuck," he said.
Blevins said the drains on the site needed time to catch up so larger-sized campers can get back on site. Thanks to the upgrades organizers had done to the site last year she wasn't worried about having any more issues.
"It's Craven, we always get rain at Craven and the site guys are fantastic and we did a bunch of improvements to the site this year and with our dikes, with the drainage that we have out there it shouldn't take long to dry it all. We should be absolutely fine," Blevins explained.
For those who did get in ahead of time, the beer gardens opened up Wednesday night. The campers who were caught outside the gates Wednesday were offered space on the Evraz Place grounds over night.
Gates are opening Thurdsay morning earlier than the usual 9:00 a.m. time to allow campers more time to set up their sites.
Jamboree festivities officially kick off tonight with Diamond Rio in the Beer Gardens the show wraps on Sunday with the Band Perry and Brad Paisley.
Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee and Adriana Christianson with files from Sabeen Ahmad and Samantha Maciag.
Check out the photos and live tweets from Craven Wednesday