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Carolina Country Music Fest ticket sales, wristbands...and return next year?

The band is pretty much your “all-access pass.” You can also use it to buy food, drinks, merchandise and even get on the zipline. The band is pretty much your “all-access pass.” You can also use it to buy food, drinks, merchandise and even get on the zipline.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Carolina Country Music Fest is officially here. A festival of this magnitude is a first for Myrtle Beach, and this event is a first for organizers.

Bob Durkin, President of Full House Productions and owner of the Carolina Country Music Fest, expects between 15,000 and 20,000 people at the event, which he says is impressive for a first-time festival.

“What surprised us is they're coming from everywhere, we've had people buy tickets in Japan, we've had people buy tickets in England,” Durkin said.

Ticket sales continue as people line up to buy in his brand new downtown Myrtle Beach bar, Carolina Country. You can still buy tickets, and even one-day passes. They are on sale Thursday at Carolina Country, or during the festival at Ground Zero.

The weekend won't just be about the music either - it's a fest, so imagine mechanical bulls, a zipline, food, drinks and a variety of vendors.

“We're ready for it- we have plenty of staff and the Intellitix system to handle the crowds,” Durkin said.

The Intellitix system includes the wristband you'll need to get into the festival.

The band is pretty much your “all-access pass.” You can also use it to buy food, drinks, merchandise and even get on the zipline.

It won't just speed up your entry and your purchases, but boosts safety. For example, it makes the Carolina Country Music Fest cashless; there's no need to carry money. It also keeps people from selling or stealing tickets. The whole idea behind the wristbands is boosting the concert-goer experience.

Now, to answer the most commonly-asked questions: Once you put it on, you can't take it off, so wait until Thursday night, to do so. Also, any money you put on the wristband that you don't spend can be refunded. Finally, if you did not get yours in the mail, do not worry.

“You guys can come in, there's swap going on at Carolina Country bar, and then as of Thursday, there's gonna be swap at Ground Zero and also at the event during the event,” said Nathan Cragg with Intellitix.

The biggest question of them all, will the festival return?

The hype around this concert is what has Full House Productions already looking ahead to bring the Carolina Country Music Fest back here to Myrtle Beach next year.

Durkin said he's already in talks with the city. If all goes well, he'd love to bring back the festival, not just in 2016, but years to come.

He anticipates tickets will be on sale as early as the week after the concert. Believe it or not, the CCMF is already in talks with major acts.

He anticipates if the city allows them to come back, it will grow each year. But, first thing's first, we need the inaugural event, beginning Thursday night at 5 pm.

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