Folks enjoy second day of Aquapalooza

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Kowaliga, AL (WSFA) - Thousands of people were out on Lake Martin Saturday for the 4th Annual Aquapalooza.

Folks were gearing up for the festival's headliner, Alan Jackson.

Event organizers say early Saturday, there were nearly one thousand boats already out there, and more were expected to roll in.

Those at the festival, arrived from all over the country.

Ann Coon, from Salt Lake City, says she won a radio contest to come to the event.

She says, she's never been to Alabama.  In fact, she's never been further east than South Dakota.

Alisia McClendon, from Destin, Florida, says this party on the water beats anything she's seen in here home state.

Many people set up their boats as early as 5:00 a.m. Friday, but getting back to their boats wasn't so easy.

Many waited in lines for over 3 hours for a shuttle to take them out to their boats.

But in the end, everyone agreed it was worth the wait.

And with the thousands out on the Lake Martin, Marine Police want to make sure that fun stays safe.

Police were out in full force, making sure people stayed clear of the lanes.

They were also, of course, watching for alcohol related incidents, and making sure people aren't drinking and driving boats.

As the crowd settled in for Saturday's main event, organizers said seeing it all come together makes all the effort worthwhile.

Robert Gunn, the Site Manager, said they had a great group of people have come together to pull this off, and that he's excited the night.

Something else you might want to know, Alan Jackson's concert was taped for a CMT special that will air Labor Day weekend.