Lakes Jam campers prepared for a weekend of music and extra – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY — A heat breeze blew as family and friends gathered collectively for good music and even higher reminiscences.

Lakes Jam is right here and campers from throughout got here to partake in festivities this weekend, June 23-25.

Lakes Jam is an annual music pageant that started in 2012 and takes place on the BIR grounds on Birchdale Road. The pageant spans three days and showcases varied rock and nation bands. Some of the headliners for this yr’s lineup embrace Jon Pardi, Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis and Cole Swindell.

Photos from Thursday afternoon at the Lakes Jam

A crew member warms up on guitar at a sound test on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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“Everything is going great,” mentioned Tommy Vee, the manufacturing supervisor of Lakes Jam, throughout a sound test Thursday morning.

Attendees of the pageant with a three-day move even have the choice to camp on location. People collect collectively to share the expertise with one another, and there are a selection of campsite choices. Everything is welcome from RVs and campers to tents.

“This is my second year coming,” mentioned CJ Harden, who traveled from the St. Cloud space. “We liked last year so much, we bought tickets before we left.”

Harden was joined by pals who’ve attended for the previous 4 or 5 years. The group beforehand noticed Toby Keith, The Brothers Osborne and plenty of different memorable artists throughout their earlier Lakes Jam experiences. When requested about who they’re most excited to see this yr, all of them agreed on Jon Pardi.

Jon Pardi’s album California Sunrise debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, incomes him the Country Music Awards’ New Artist of the Year and Academy of Country Music New Male Vocalist Of The Year. Pardi topped the nation music charts with consecutive No. 1 hits together with songs “Dirt On My Boots,” “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache On The Dance Floor.”

Photos from Thursday afternoon at the Lakes Jam

CJ Harden, Talia Ostrowski, Cassie Beierman and Kayla Harden collect outdoors their campers at Brainerd International Raceway on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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This is the primary yr again for the pageant with little to no restrictions from COVID-19. The occasion is again in full swing with quite a lot of completely different food and drinks choices.

“They canceled one year and that was a bummer,” mentioned Cassie Beierman, one other buddy of Harden’s tenting at Lakes Jam. “It does feel good to be back.”

Photos from Thursday afternoon at the Lakes Jam

Campers from throughout collect for Lake Jam at Brainerd International Raceway on Thursday, June 23, 2022. The music occasion will proceed by means of Saturday night time.

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In addition to the musical performances, there are a selection of different occasions to attend, together with bean bag tournaments and drifting occasions for all attendees. Campers can try garden mower and watercross races.

The weekend is filled with enjoyable actions and occasions, however the climate is trying like rain. According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, there’s an 80% probability of rain and thunderstorms Friday night time and all through the day on Saturday.

Photos from Thursday afternoon at the Lakes Jam

Chairs are lined up outdoors of the principle stage of Lake Jam at Brainerd International Raceway on Thursday, June 23, 2022. The music occasion will proceed by means of Saturday night time.

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Lakes Jam musical occasions will undergo Saturday night time with different actions scattered all through the weekend. For extra details about Lakes Jam, together with tickets, actions and occasions, band lineup and live performance dates, go to

lakesjam.com

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SARA GUYMON, Brainerd Dispatch employees author, could also be reached at 218-855-5851 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at

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