FLORENCE — Country Thunder 2021 is one for the record books.

Monday morning, as staffers were cleaning up the festival grounds, dismantling the stage and helping campers move out, officials said the four-day music festival was a success, with heavier attendance than average.

“We averaged about 36,000 people every day,” said festival Media and Marketing Manager Gerry Krochak. “We didn’t announce a sellout because we had a few four-day general admission tickets left when we started.”

Sunday, the final night of the event, it was announced that an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance as Eric Church took the stage to close out the four-day festival.

More than 8,000 people filled the Country Thunder campsites for many of the four days.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021

Country Thunder Arizona 2021 began Thursday and ended Sunday.

Normally held in April, Country Thunder 2021 was postponed in 2020 and then rescheduled from an April 2021 slot.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 show were honored at the October event.

A paid staff of about 2,000 employees — including parking lot attendants, camping security, operational staff and others — ensured that Country Thunder 2021 ran smoothly, Krochak said.

Many staffers spent much of the day Monday cleaning the festival site, picking up trash, dismantling fences, putting away chairs and performing other tasks, Krochak said.

“Our goal is to have the site look as good leaving as coming in,” he said.

Country Thunder Arizona 2022 is set to take place in April.

Officials announced last week that Morgan Wallen would one of the headliners at the next Arizona event.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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