ALTON, Va. (WFXR) — Rock and roll fans blanketed the grounds of the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County for the kick-off of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Thursday.

People gathered from all over the country to attend the festival. Organizers say the experience will be different this year after there were complaints about transportation issues, long lines, and general disorganization.

“It’s been a lot better so far the only issue that we have seen so far is they haven’t turned the water on to the shower houses yet but other than that it’s been great so far,” said Rodney Barnwell a concert attendee.

Organizers say they are urging people to be prepared for upcoming event traffic for drivers in Halifax County. There are expected to be more than 40,000 people attending the festival this year.

Drivers can expect impacts on the following roads: South Boston Highway, Milton Highway, Calvary Road, and Dotman Road. There will also be some highways across North Carolina that will be impacted. If you are driving through that area, you are asked to be patient, find alternate routes and plan travel around peak event traffic.

The festival runs from Thursday, Wednesday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 11.