BamaJam is rockin'

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Enterprise, AL (WSFA) – The BamaJam Music and Arts festival is rockin' in Coffee County.

So far, names like Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Zac Brown Band have taken to the stages, already bringing in more than 100,000 people, and organizers say the biggest crowds are yet to come.

Blazing temperatures ushered in day two of the three day music festival.  The only thing hotter—the big name performers taking to the stage.

Autumn Flinchbaugh and her mom Linda are first-time Bama Jammers from Georgia.

"I cried when Miranda Lambert got up on stage last night," said Autumn.  "She was amazing."

Their overnight hotel stay in Enterprise is part of the reason the event boasts such a huge economic impact for the area.

Out-of-towners are staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, buying gas, and shopping at the stores.

BamaJam organizers say branching out from the country music genre to include acts like Train and Citizen Cope will bring their biggest crowds yet.

Grace Casey, who came from Panama City beach Florida, said "It's just a huge lawn party. You get to meet people from all over the place, so I really like it."

Officials made room for more people by moving the main stage back several hundred feet, and this year, there are twice as many port-a-johns and shaded areas.

Linda Flinchbaugh said, "It's just a great friendly and family environment, and you can just sit your chairs out and not worry about anything."

The mother daughter duo says they're looking forward to coming back again next year.

This south Alabama peanut field is making a name as the fastest growing musical festival in the country.

Saturday, gates open at noon, and the opening acts take the stage starting at 1:00 PM.

The big acts of the final night include Gretchen Wilson, Rodney Atkins, and the festival's headliner, Kenny Chesney.

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