Instead of driving race cars fast, the biggest stars at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend drove music fans wild. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton and many others cranked out non-stop hit songs and good vibes, as Country 500—one of the most anticipated festivals of the year—transformed the infield of the legendary “World Center of Racing” into a massive country music party.
Approximately 75,000 fans attended Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Just as during major races, Festival-goers had the opportunity to camp on the infield in RVs and tents, creating a festival within the Festival.
Festival-goers were also able to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets in the Daytona garages. Numerous other features also contributed to the sights, sounds and all-around thrills of the first-ever Country 500 weekend—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks all around the grounds; a glowing ferris wheel that lit up the sky each night; cooling water elements, including a waterslide in the Daytona Beach House area; country-and-western merchandise; arcade games; entertaining sponsor activations; and much more.
Official sponsors of Country 500 included: Budweiser, the Official Beer; Toyota, the Official Vehicle Partner; Monster Energy, the Official Energy Drink; Jack Daniel’s and others.
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