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Downtown Country Jam is tonight

Concert will close roads near Central Avenue

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Abi Witte, of Rockwell City, carries a pair of poles that will become part of the stage as she helps set up for this year’s Downtown Country Jam. The Shellabration Inc. event features headliner Chris Janson. Gates open at 5 p.m. Brad Morgan performs from 5:30 to 6:30, Casey Muessigman from 6:45 to 8. Chris Jansen will play from 8:30 to 10. Tickets are $30.

Shellabration, Inc. is hosting its Downtown Country Jam tonight at the intersection of North Ninth Street and Central Avenue.

The event features headliner Chris Janson. Gates open at 5 p.m. Brad Morgan performs from 5:30 to 6:30, Casey Muessigman from 6:45 to 8. Chris Jansen will play from 8:30 to 10. Tickets are $30.

The concert will impact traffic throughout the day and into Sunday.

It is anticipated to bring a significant number of pedestrian and vehicle traffic to the downtown area.

The Fort Dodge Police Department encourages those traveling in the area, as well as those attending, to use caution with the increased level of traffic.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Members of the crew cast long shadows Friday afternoon as they work to set up the stage for this year’s Downtown Country Jam.

Parking will be allowed throughout the area in any designated public parking area.

Police ask that public parking areas are being used without interfering with privately-owned spaces.

Concert-goers and community members will see an increased presence of law enforcement throughout the weekend.

In preparation for the anticipated large crowd, multiple agencies from around the region have been called in to assist and provide additional security in the downtown area.

“We are focused on the safety and well-being of those in our community and are taking appropriate measures,” Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said in a written statement.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
With plans for the stage on a large gear box, crews begin the work of setting up the stage for this year’s Downtown Country Jam Friday afternoon at Central Avenue and South Ninth Street in downtown Fort Dodge.