Crews Gearing Up for the Third Lockn' Festival

Crews are pouring in for the third Lockn’ Music Festival, set for Sept. 10 through 13 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, where tens of thousands of people are expected to hear big-name acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Robert Plant and Carlos Santana.

In its third year, organizers of the event say in terms of the overall format, not too much has changed from last year, aside from plans for improved cell service and some camping location moves.

“It’s not broken, don’t fix it,” co-founder of the festival Dave Frey said Monday.

A week out from the festival’s start, a small community is in the process of being built up from nothing on the historic, 5,000-acre farm. Crews of about 125 people are setting up the grounds to include everything from campgrounds, tents and water access to towers and fencing. Workers are striping and painting the grounds while others are selling and promoting last-minute tickets.

By the end of this week, the number of hired hands should increase to 600 people, and that will go up again to about 800 crew members by Sept. 10, when the show begins.

One change repeat festivalgoers may notice is improved cell service. Frey said a temporary 120-foot Verizon Wireless communication tower will be installed on the property, as approved by the Nelson County Board of Supervisors in June.

Another change attendees can expect is in camping — much of the camping area has been moved closer to the Show Field as well as the Blue Ridge Bowl stage, which Frey said should be a big improvement from the last two years.

“We changed a lot about the camping layout,” Frey said. “A lot more is on our property so we can provide a better experience.”