Rock the South concert underway in Cullman

(Melissa Crabtree/CBS42)
(Melissa Crabtree/CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371858459&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4109715&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371858459 type=script]CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — The doors open to the public for the Rock the South Concert at 3 o’clock on Friday.

Despite the hot and sunny weather, people started lining up this afternoon.  Organizers say more than 14,000 tickets have already been pre-sold.

Cullman Assistant Chief of Police Craig Green says there will be law enforcement from all levels including state and several different counties.

30 to 40 law enforcement officers will be on hand at any given moment working 12 hour shifts to control the crowd. He says there were only about 10 arrests last year.

2013’s Rock the South is a two day event, and trouble makers will be given little warning, according to Green.  A transport van is on site to quickly remove people and take them to the detention center.

Mayor Townson says he was on site as workers finished setting up.

He wants the festival to be known as a family event.

He says this is the most people Cullman has ever hosted for one event, so keeping the venue tightly secure is a priority for future events.

Police have six “amnesty boxes” set out before concert goers get to the entrance.

These are meant to allow anyone to drop off drugs, weapons or firearms without fear of being arrested.

Green says, however, if you don’t put them in the amnesty box and try to enter the concert you will be arrested.

Rock the South continues Friday evening and all day Saturday.

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