WALKER - Moondance Jammin Country Fest kicks off their ninth annual country music festival Friday-Saturday in Walker. Headliners Florida Georgia Line and Chris Young along with country stars Thomas Rhett and Phil Vassar are expected to bring in huge crowds to the Moondance concert area on Friday and Saturday night.

Moondance owner and promoter Kathy Bieloh had a feeling she had something special going on when Florida Georgia Line was booked last August.

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"We were so happy about getting Florida Georgia Line last summer because they were having such a great year, but they haven't stopped," Bieloh said. "They've kept putting out hits and selling out shows."

And she's seeing it in ticket sales at Moondance.

"Once we had Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, Phil Vassar and all of the other great talent on the bill the orders just kept rolling in," Bieloh added. "We are just so blessed to have so many fantastic artists this year. We can't wait to see all of their fans and hopefully they love Moondance as much as our great group of loyal jammers who come out every year."

The main stage will also feature Clare Dunn, who opened for Bob Seger on a leg of his tour this spring; Old Dominion, who is touring with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean this summer; and up-and-comers Chris Lane and William Michael Morgan. Jammin Country is opening the main stage tonight (June 18) for Nashville acts Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys and American Young. The traditional Pre Jam Party is free to all two day ticket holders who want to come in a day early to Moondance to set up camp.

Moondance has two other side stages in two bars connected to the concert area. The MDJ Saloon stage puts the spotlight on regional artists along with a second show by a couple of the

main stage artists. The Lazy Moon Bar & Grill acoustic stage highlights regional acoustic acts and a karaoke contest in the mornings.

Along with the music, the Traveling Art Pub painting party will be at noon Friday in the MDJ Saloon; free wine and beer tasting at Billy B's bar in the concert area at 1 p.m. Friday; and a beer pong tournament at noon Saturday at Billy B's.

Early camping check-in runs from noon to 9:30 p.m. today (June 18). Check-in Friday and Saturday runs from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Concert gates open at 3 p.m. today (June 18) and at noon on Friday and Saturday.

General admission tickets are $180 with general camping cost is $90 for three days or $60 for two days. Festival information, rules, maps and schedules for all of the stages can be found at www.moondancejam.com.