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Riverbend 2014: the party starts now

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Riverbend 2014 is underway and despite a slight threat of rain, the party began right on time.
As gates opened at five, the flood of humanity followed.
First for festival goers is the security checkpoint, where we found Shannon & Breanna Doyal's purses under review.
What was inside?
Money, wallet, makeup... the essentials? Yes, snickered the sisters.
This year, patrons needed a wristband for entry, a far cry from yesteryear when you could get in with a pin.
"When I went to go out, they told me the scanner wasn't working and I was good, go ahead," laughs J.R. Hicks, who along with longtime friend Elaine are quite familiar, the pair wear their Riverbend history on their hat, all 33 years.
On this first night of Riverbend 2014, they're here to people watch. "You can tell when it's a rock and roll night because the crowd looks a little more biker, its just fun to watch the crowd," says Hicks.
Among that crowd of Riverbend vets like JR and Elaine, are newcomers like Alexis Westmoreland.
"Are you having fun? Yes. Who are you here to see tonight?  uhhh, laughs Alexis, unable to answer.
But that's ok, because Alana Mindel has the answer. "Gary Allan," retorts Alana, who had a little help from Dad with her answer.  
If you didn't make Riverbend's opening night, no worries.
You've got another week to make your way to Chattanooga's biggest party.
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