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Day One Of Firefly Music Festival Draws Thousands

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DOVER, Del. - The city of Dover is buzzing, with some big names in music taking the stage for day one of the third annual Firefly Music Festival.

The acts are well underway at the Dover International Speedway as crowds pour in with thousands of music lovers from all across the country.

For some folks, getting to Dover was:

"Pretty easy. We left at like 11 p.m. and got here at like 5 a.m. No traffic," Jeff Reston of Franklin, Mass. said.

But for others...

"We've heard from a lot of people that the traffic was horrible," Jenn Potts of Virginia Beach, Va. said.  

This year, the festival is expected to draw a whopping 80,000 people, compared to 65,000 last year. Folks lining up to see some of their favorite bands including Outkast, Jack Johnson, the Foo Fighters and more.

Some shelled out hundreds for the experience.

"Yeah, I dropped like $300 on all this," Cody Connell of Dover, Del. said.

But the one experience you can't put a price on:

"I just proposed to my girlfriend of four and a half years, and I love her from the bottom of my heart," Jack Michel of Baltimore, Md. said.

"It was amazing and everything I wanted it to be," Michel's new fiancé, Nicole Becker said.

Whenever that wedding is, the band will have a lot to live up to.

One major concern for the festival is traffic backups. But transportation officials say Thursday went pretty smoothly, with no major hiccups. That could be attributed to the fact that organizers opened the festival campgrounds one day early this year. But the real test will be Friday, when the heaviest wave of traffic is expected to come in. DelDOT is on standby, monitoring the roads, in case they need to  reroute traffic.

"We close exit 104 southbound on Delaware one and send the traffic down to exit 95. And then they come north on 13. It really helps to move traffic. Once we did that, it helped us move traffic. And then what we do is open 104 again and we can balance the demand coming in. So it works quite well," DelDOT Transportation Management Center Operations Manager Gene Donaldson said.

The Firefly Music Festival runs through Sunday. DelDOT officials encourage all festival goers to stay on top of delays and traffic updates, by downloading their mobile app.

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