Britt kicks off 2014 season

, Posted: Mon, June 16 2014 at 1:44 PM, Updated: Mon, June 16 2014 at 5:07 PM

Jacksonville, Ore. -- The Britt Festival kicks off their 2014 season tonight. A buzz is in the air as crews finish final touches around the stage. There's also a buzz from anxious fans who started lining up to see The Fray at 9 in the morning.

"There's a lot of big name bands coming to Jacksonville. I'm super excited!" says Jennifer Cavalier.

"I'm very excited. They are my favorite bands," says Grant Davis.

While the two are waiting nine hours for front row grass seating, businesses in town are the spending that time preparing. Some making last minute plans to stay open later.

"Britt Festival impacts us in a really nice way," comments Jacksonville Barn Company Co-owner John Buda. "A lot of people come out for the shows."

Tourists flock to historic Jacksonville every summer and businesses say Britt is just one more draw. It's not just the people coming to see the performances that help the community's economy.

"This is the wall of musicians and actors who come visit and they love to come stay at Elan," says construction worker Adam Pearson. He helped build Elan and explains Britt performers need a place to stay, helping fill up inns and suites around town.

In fact, the most recent study found  the Britt Festival brings in 10 million dollars to the City of Jacksonville annually.

While some business say things are busy simply with the onset of Summer, they quickly add they don't mind an added boost from the venue that seats 2,200 people at a time.

Now in it's 51st year, the Britt once again brings a promise of busy downtown streets. For cavalier, a promise to fill Jacksonville Hill's night sky with music.

"It's so much fun," says Cavalier. It's music she's willing to wait for.

For more information on tickets and the 2014 Britt season visit: www.brittfest.org

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