Rock The South is here: day one recap

(Lauren Estes for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Although Rock The South (RTS) sees a ton of support from local attendees, people come from all over for the Southern country music weekend. 

The West’s took a hiatus from attending Rock The South after coming to support the first year the event was held in Cullman. 

Although Mollie and David West are local, Jeannie took four flights to ensure that she would be here for the festival weekend. 

“I’m super excited for the Marshall Tucker Band— which originally wasn’t planned,” Jeannie said. “I’m happy to be here and spend time with my family and just have a good time.”

Joppa Residents and sisters-in-law Brenda and Rhonda Freeman said this is their first Rock the South to attend, though for a special reason. 

“It’s my 60th birthday, so we are celebrating it,” Brenda said. 

“We bought tickets right when they went on sale last year,” Rhonda Freeman explained. “We are so happy to be here in the VIP section.”

Decatur family members said they are long time RTS attendees and were most excited for Luke Combs Friday night.

Loretta and Marenna Cowley said they’ve been attending for six years and that they plan to continue the streak. 

“I can’t wait to see Nelly–He and Luke Combs tonight (Friday) were who I couldn’t wait to see,” Loretta said. 

On another note, with many positive comments about the event’s first day, one of the biggest concerns was heat-related illnesses. 

Over 30 calls were made, with attendees having heat exhaustion, heat strokes and other lack of hydration issues. 

The weather continued to prove problematic, as the show was put on hold due to a lightning delay around 5:30 p.m.

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