2014 Carolina Beach Music Festival out numbers all previous years
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Carolina Beach, NC (WWAY)-- The 29th Carolina Beach Musical Festival saw more people than ever before this year.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce said they normally open the gates at 10:00 a.m., but they had their first guest show up at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, so they decided to start a little earlier at 9:15.

"This festival right here is very special to Carolina Beach," Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mike Worley said. "Very special."

Worley says they had anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 people at this year's festival.

Wanda Cranfill and her husband say you would not believe it if you did not see it.

"Amazing. We've been sending video to our kids back at home, because we weren't expecting this," she said.

Worley thinks the larger crowd could be because of recent changes made to the event. There is easier access. People can bring in their own coolers with their own food and drinks. He says they’ve also seen a difference in the crowd itself.

"Probably one of the biggest differences is the age of the people," Worley said. "I mean seriously, this has become an event where it used to be the older crowd that came. Now we're inundated with the crowd, who basically appreciates this style of music, as well as coming to one of the biggest parties on the beach."

This big party also saw a lot of shagging.

"We claim that we're the birth place of the shag," Worley said.

Keith Thompson says you can see the crowd enjoying this version all over the beach.

"It's just something fun," he said. "I enjoy the people, I enjoy the dance. Just as you can see, all these people are out here for beach music and shagging."

We're still not sure exactly where shagging originated, but the Carolina Beach Music Festival itself is the longest running festival that's actually held on the beach.

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Idon,t know what gate they say they opened at 9:15 .Bu I was in line from 8:30 at only entrance andthey di,t open i till 10 oclock on th dot.

Totally Wrong...1987 1988... when Budweiser sponsored the event there were 50.000 people attending, I was there!...chamber of commerce gets hold of beach music festival 5000/6000 people...ruined it for me.

Obama, Jonny Griffin, Bnghazi, and none of the film industry will geT MY MONEY! And specially not for SHAGGING!

And, unlike yourself, I DO support Obama sending Johnny Griffin to Benghazi. Johnny's been shagging the taxpayers long enough around here. Let him shag someone else.