The Riverbend Festival is still a few days away but for many of the vendors, the work has already started. Many of the vendors who travel to Chattanooga are family-run businesses. Channel 3 met one family with three generations working at this year's Riverbend.
"My father-in-law has been coming here for either 31 or 32 years and he's the longest-running vendor ever at Riverbend right now," said Ronald Doege.
For Doege, Riverbend is almost like a family vacation. His father, brothers, uncles, and sons all travel up from Pensacola, Florida to kick off their summer vending season at Riverbend each year.
"We have all the corn dogs out here, another part of our company sells the Italian and polish sausage, philly cheese steak and stuff like that," Doege said.
It takes the family team about a week to set up all of their vending stations with food, electricity, and a passing health inspection score. Doege said there's a few reasons they come back to Riverbend year after year, "First of all, the money is good!"
Good money, good music, and mountain views like no other. During their two-week stay, Doege and his family camp in the scenic city.
"Lookout Mountain, staying at Racoon Mountain and everything it's kind of like a little vacation for us during the day," he said.
Riverbend officially kicks off Friday with the first concert at 6 p.m. That's also the night well-known country singer Thomas Rhett will be on the Coke stage at 9:30 p.m. Along with the good music and good food comes several road closures throughout the next two weeks.
For a full list of road closures, click here.
To learn more about The Riverbend Festival, and a schedule of performances, click here.
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Chattanooga, TN 37405
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