FLORENCE – With Country Thunder back in town this week after 2½ years, Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer urged attendees to make good choices and party smart.

“We want people to have fun, but everyone must remember that stupid decisions have real world consequences,” Volkmer said Monday in a prepared statement.

During the past two Country Thunder festivals, in 2018 and 2019, more than 100 people were cited for various incidents related to the event, Volkmer said.

Charges included minor in possession of alcohol, assault, disorderly conduct and DUI.

“Enjoy the party, but be sure to get home safe,” Volkmer said. Volkmer also released a video on YouTube. The four-day festival begins Thursday.

On Thursday, music gets underway at 3:30 p.m. with Nolan Sotillo taking to the main stage to kick off the show northeast of Florence. A complete preview appears in this week’s TriValley Dispatch.

Florence hosted a free pre-festival event Saturday, the Road to Country Thunder, on North Main Street. An estimated 2,000 fans arrived through the late afternoon and evening to hear Palmer Anthony, Ryan and the Renegades, Jaty & The Black Stallions and Shari Rowe.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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