Rockfest brings over 50,000 fans to Liberty Memorial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 50,000 people packed Kansas City’s Penn Valley Park Saturday for the largest one-day music festival in the country.

Now in its tenth year, Rockfest's atmosphere is electrifying. Some participants crowd-surfed, while others rode the new zipline crossing over the crowd.

Headlined this year by metal band Korn, the festival features 15 bands performing on two stages over the 12-hour event.

The festival is a money-maker, generating several million dollars for the area.

More than 100 off-duty Kansas City Police Department officers assisted the 250 security guards hired by the festival to keep fans safe.

Rockfest gained some notoriety in years past. It was known as “Mudfest” four year ago when rain throughout the festival turned the field into muddy mess.

Organizers have since taken steps to prevent that from happening again.

A downpour early in the day Saturday gave way to sunny skies by late afternoon and concert-goers were having a good time.

"It’s a whole bunch of people getting together and enjoying all the same music it's great! Mosh-pitting, can't complain about that," Rockfest fan Jen Ackerly said.

"You never know what quite to expect, but this is one of the things that myself and my entire team look forward to every year," Joe Litvag, Rockfest's executive producer said.

Organizers said were close to selling out this year but as of Saturday evening there were still several hundred tickets available.

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