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Excitement in the air over WE Fest

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The mainstage performances are usually the main show at WE Fest, but all eyes were on the sky Friday night during a United States Air Force flyover.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The mainstage performances are usually the main show at WE Fest, but all eyes were on the sky Friday night during a United States Air Force flyover.

While the B-52 was hard to miss, many in the crowd may not have seen another plane in the area which caused the Air Force pilot to raise the flight path.

The flyover happened at around 7:50 p.m. as a singing of the national anthem was wrapping up. The B-52 could be seen approaching from the south and continued over the crowd, which didn’t seem to notice anything out of the ordinary.

Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said he could see a smaller plane in the air to the west from where he stood outside the concert bowl to the east.

He said to his knowledge local law enforcement had not been contacted about the issue as air traffic violations would be federal jurisdiction, but he did say the air over the Soo Pass Ranch was a no-fly zone during that period.

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A WE Fest spokesperson confirmed that there was another plane in the flight path and directed questions to the Air Force.

Air Force Master Sergeant Scott A. Wold, acting as the spokesman at WE Fest, said he could not comment on the incident as he said it was unresolved, but expected to make a statement on Monday.  

App that Final attendance numbers won’t be known for a few days and organizers didn’t comment on how many tickets were sold for 2017’s concerts as some headliners were to announced around 10 p.m., giving sales a boost.

One number organizers did release: More than 13,000 people downloaded the WE Fest app, or more than a quarter of the 45,000 expected to attend.

Two for the price of one Saturday afternoon’s shows drove home a trend at this year’s WE Fest. When Halfway to Hazard played at 4:15, they were the fourth male duo to play the fest, following the brothers in High Valley. There were 15 mainstage acts over the three-day festival.

LoCash played late Thursday afternoon and Montgomery Gentry, the 2000 Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year, played Friday evening.

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