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Day three of Carolina Country Music Fest runs according to plan

Crowds flock to downtown Myrtle Beach on Friday for the Carolina Country Music Festival. (Source: George Umbenhauer) Crowds flock to downtown Myrtle Beach on Friday for the Carolina Country Music Festival. (Source: George Umbenhauer)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The third day of the Carolina Country Music Festival in downtown Myrtle Beach ended Saturday as the last performer of the night, Tim McGraw, took the stage. 

Some of those festival-goers say CCMF has definitely improved since last year, with more stages, people, and things to do, however they say the heat and cost of water was a slight annoyance.

"It's not as hot as it was last year, I don't think," said Mike Grehl.

Lt. Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police says due to the heat and alcohol consumption, there have been several reports of heat exhaustion since the start of CCMF on Thursday, but EMT's are stationed all around the festival and no major incidents have occurred. He also says crime has not been much of an issue.

"The calls for service that we've had here have been minimal and not violent in nature, so I don't know if I can attribute that to the wristbands themselves or to the festival itself, but however, we have seen minimal crime occurring." said Crosby.

The 2nd annual Carolina Country Music Festival is a cashless event. That means those who come into the venue must purchase wristbands, that can be loaded with money, enabling those festival goers to leave their money and wallets at home. Some folks say the wristbands did cause some confusion in the beginning, but overall, they were a success.

"I think people were not as prepared as they should have been coming in with the cashless thing," said Grehl. "Yeah, and I don't think all through yesterday I never saw anyone escorted out of here at all."

Head organizer Bob Durkin says he's seen a massive increase in people since last years festival, thanks to the longer line ups and headliners like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. He says that increase not only benefits the festival, but the city of Myrtle Beach.

"While they're at the festival, but also after the festival. We have partnerships with a lot of the businesses here, The OMA businesses. People can stay at the hotels, we have a great partnership with them. They can come to the festival, and hopefully get to the restaurants and the bars and experience Myrtle beach." said Bob Durkin.

The festival will begin again Sunday at 1 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. after its last performer, Florida Georgia Line, takes the stage. One day tickets start at $99. 

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