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CMA Music Festival ready to begin for another year

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's the moment a lot of country music fans have been waiting for all year. The CMA Music Festival begins next week in downtown Nashville.

Even if you're not going, you will still feel the impact beginning this weekend with road closures and increased police patrols.

"They're all good and staffed ready for our guests to get in town," said Rick Howell, with Whiskey Bent Saloon. "It's one of the best weeks in town."

An estimated 55,000 people will visit Nashville from out-of-town during this year's CMA Fest, and for police that means extra staffing and crowd control.

"Make sure that you've taken all of the valuables out of your vehicle," said Metro police Cmdr. Jason Reinbold.

For locals, it means extra traffic and closed streets.

"I imagine a lot of the locals stay at home this week. Yeah, it gets pretty thick down here. Parking is not the best in the world, either," Howell said.

CMA Fest is all about music, and a lot of it is free. A stage at the riverfront near Broadway will have 50 concerts starting Thursday morning, including Big and Rich, Craig Morgan, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lonestar.

Police remind anyone attending concerts at LP Field to only buy tickets from credible vendors who have identification.

Those road closures began Friday morning, and some last through Sunday, June 8. Click here for a full list of closures.

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