By LORI EGANFebruary 26, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Feb. 26, 2014) -- Who doesn't love an outdoor concert? I do and so does Chris Gilbert, the president of Toadlick, who organizes a three-day music festival in Dothan, Ala., which is about 90 miles south of Fort Benning.
"I like music and a good time and now, three years later, it's a $2 million event where we have entertainers calling us to participate," said Gilbert, who wanted to have a family friendly and affordable event in his hometown.
The ticket price is $99 and children 12 and younger get in free with a paid adult.
I went last year and saw a gazillion musical acts, including Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Chris Young and Thompson Square.
I had so much fun, I talked my sisters, who live in California and Idaho, to go to this year's festival with me. When I texted my sisters that Molly Hatchet had been added to the lineup, one texted "Love Molly Hatchet" and the other texted "Me too! Don't know her, but I will by April." Yes -- she is still getting grief that she didn't recognize the name of the Southern rock band whose music was playing every time we got in our brother's car.
I can't wait for April 24-26. It was beautiful weather last year on Friday and Saturday -- Thursdays are known as Toadlick tornado, because bad weather hit both years, but as Gilbert said, it's hard to predict the weather in Southeast Alabama.
Pack a picnic and drinks in a collapsible cooler and save some money. For $10 a day, you can take your own refreshments or you can purchase the standard fair foods from the vendors.