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Recording artists like Metallica, AC/DC, Journey and Guns N' Roses are some of the big names being "tossed around" for an upcoming music festival in Wilson County.

James E. Ward Agricultural Center Director Larry Tomlinson could not confirm which groups will be performing and did not want to speculate; however, he did say there will definitely be concerts on the grounds throughout Memorial Day Weekend, beginning on Friday, May 26.

"I've heard those names being tossed around," he said. "I can't tell you who the groups will be, but I can tell you that contracts have been signed for the concert."

These contracts include arrangements with Lebanon Police and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office to provide security and with Wilson Emergency Management to provide medical services to concertgoers.

"We are expecting around 20,000 people per show. I think the shows are scheduled to start at 3 o'clock in the afternoon with the last performance at 10 p.m.," Tomlinson, who has been director of the Ag Center since 2000, explained.

He believes festival passes will be around $325 per person.

"I understand the airport has been contacted by three bands planning to fly in and be in Lebanon for two or three days," he added.

A representative from the Lebanon Municipal Airport could not be contacted by press time.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the event will have a huge impact on the county.

"It's always exciting when something like this is being talked about. You hope it all works out. This would be huge," he said. "We knew (opening) the Expo Center on the grounds would be a game changer. When you attract events like the National Jr. High Rodeo and now have the fourth largest camp site in America - this puts us on the map for these larger events."

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