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Hodag Music Festival kicks off in Rhinelander

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -

The Northwoods has become the hub of country music. The Hodag Country Music Festival began, and people were excited for the show.

One person, Loretta Recha of Rhinelander, is a true Hodag fan.

"I love it, it just brings people together," said Recha.

This year isn't her first festival.

"Well since it first started,” she said. “But I missed a few years, but now I'm back the last two years."

Shes been coming here since it began in 1978, and she said it's changed from when she first came.

"We had blankets right up near the stage, and we met a lot of entertainers,” said Recha. “They came to our campsites."

It's grown through the years, but one thing has remained the same.

"I love it,” said Becki Balz of Athens. “Just the atmosphere, the music, you know everything is perfect."

Thousands will pack the Northwoods festival through the weekend.

"It's just one big happy family," said Arden Ballweg of Dane.

Many are here to see their favorite acts, but others are here for the experience.

"Even f you don't listen to the music, just hanging out with all your friends and playing games and having a few drinks, it's just a great time," said Balz.

Fans are ready to take on the rest of the weekend singing and dancing the entire time.

"Just the variety of people and we're here for the same thing,” said Ballweg. “You know the music, and just being with friends."

As the weekend continues, more acts will be taking the stage. Hodag wraps up with the final performer Neal McCoy Sunday night.

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