Big State Festival Approved by Brazos County

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C3 Presents' executive producer Charlie Jones says with years of experience producing huge concerts, he and his partners know safety issues need extreme attention.

"Prior to this meeting, that has been a part of our planning for months," Jones said.

On Friday, Brazos County Commissioners held a public hearing for residents to raise their concerns about the upcoming Big State Festival before approving C3's mass gathering permit.

Representatives from the county and the city of College Station were on hand while Jones addressed questions regarding emergency services, law enforcement and traffic.

For the most part, Jones' responses seemed to satisfy any concerns, except for one resident who lives near the speedway.

Jones assured the resident and reiterated to officials that hosting events, like their Austin City Limits Music Festival, has produced a good record.

"We've had over a million people through the doors in six years," Jones said. "We've one arrest."

Precinct Two Constable Donald Lampo emphasized the impressiveness of C3's action plan, sharing a story of how emergency personnel responded to a fire outside the stage area at this year's Austin Festival.

"They activated their 911 emergency system from their command post," Lampo said. "They had eight major fire trucks in there and had water going in 12 minutes."

Brazos County Sheriff's and Constable offices, along with College Station police will handle security during the event and at the on-site campgrounds at the speedway.

After calling for final comments and recommendations, Brazos County officials approved the permit.

"Everything that they have done has been first class from the report that they gave us, to how they were going to handle contacting the local people," Brazos County Judge Randy Sims said.

Assuming all aspects go well, Jones is hoping the Big State Festival becomes a big time event in Aggieland.