Let me step outside of the Twin Cities for just a moment.
Dixon is abuzz: The biggest event the Sauk Valley has seen in years is right around the corner.
Mumford & Sons, an internationally known English band, and seven other bands will invade Page Park on Aug. 18.
The 15,000 tickets are all gone, sold to eager fans in about 8 hours. But there still are many ways to have fun that weekend, including street festivals Saturday and Sunday, a comedy show, other live music, and maybe fireworks.
Tuesday night, Dixon business leaders gathered at Books on First to talk about the details,
Dixon Main Street and other organizers are planning a weekend full of festivities. There will be music, entertainment, food, drinks and fun Friday night, all day Saturday and in to the wee hours Sunday.
Listening to Josh Albrecht, Main Street's executive director, at Tuesday's meeting, I began to get more excited about the weekend.
I'll admit it, I only recently started getting into Mumford & Sons. When I heard about the daylong entertainment on Aug. 18, I knew I wanted to be a part of the fun. It sounds like it's going to be a great day.
I'm glad Dixon is getting the opportunity to host a major musical event and happy to see the whole city is getting in the mood for the concert. Dixon looks great, with new Gentlemen of the Road banners up all around downtown.
I'm also getting in the mood for the concert: I'm listening to Mumford & Sons on Pandora as I write this.
Albrecht answered a variety of questions about the event Tuesday, down to the number of port-a-potties that will be in Page Park (150).
Organizers have put in countless hours of preparation, and seem to have though of everything. For instance, in case of severe weather, there is an evacuation plan in place.
Like Albrecht, I hope the entire area gets behind this event. Positive activities like this concert could bring future attractions to the area.
Beyond that, it's just good old-fashioned fun.
Hope to see you in Dixon soon.
Sauk Valley Media reporter Kiran Sood covers government and happenings in Sterling and Rock Falls. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-798-4085, ext. 529.