The plan was to drive to Fargo and probably stay for one night. We got to Fargo early and when we checked on camping there wasn't anything appealing. We didn't want to end up in a wood chipper :). We drove on into Minnesota and decided we could go as far as Detroit Lakes. We called ahead and secured a spot at Country Campground.
What we didn't know was that this was WE Fest week. WE Fest is held on Soo Pass Ranch and is one of the largest outdoor country western and camping festivals in the nation. This year features Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and few other big names.
When we hit town, campers and RV's were lined up along the major highway. Chairs and awnings were set up, campers were visiting and playing cards...on the shoulder of the highway! They spend the night on the highway because the campgrounds or should I say farm fields for camping didn't open up till noon the next day. We had no idea what we had driven into. We just passed them and headed to the campground we had reserved.
The farm fields and grounds all around the main event filled with tents and RV's over the next two days. We were told that about 50,000 people attend. The farm fields were lined with out-houses and garbage bins. There were tankers with water. It seemed very organized. What we didn't understand is why our campground was not booked up. Full-Hook-ups, water, electric, showers and a small grocery store. We could hear the bands and it was walking distance to the stage. We assume everyone wanted to party...being part of the crowd was the thing to do.
The pictures of the campers doesn't tell the whole story. We were there at the beginning, there were still 4 -5 days worth of events. We left on Thursday and they were still pouring into town.
Other than the WE Fest we did go downtown for an afternoon to check out the sidewalk sales and took a drive around Detroit Lakes.