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Paperfest holds drive-in concert series

Paperfest's drive-in concert series. July 23, 2020. (WLUK/Tom Campbell)

GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- Paperfest has been a long-time tradition in Kimberly, but this year it looks a little different because of COVID-19.

Instead of taking place at Sunset Park, Paperfest is being held in the Fox Cities Stadium parking lot.

Concert-goers can sit in their cars, or just outside of their cars, and listen to the bands play.

"I feel like I've been locked up for months. It's such a beautiful night. The wind is blowing, it's a perfect night for some music," Peggy Coniff from Oshkosh said.

It's a different experience for the band Vic Ferrari as well.

"We definitely had to think out of the box in terms of how the gigs are set up. That's exactly what we're hoping to do with this event today, is to bring music and some happiness and joy to people, but in a way that is still safe," Vic Ferrari keyboardist Jack Murphy said.

Whether it's people in the audience or cars, the band is glad to be on stage.

"Like all my musical brothers in the Fox Valley, we've been out of work. There's nothing. A lot of us play six to seven nights a week, and now it's zero," Andrew Mertens, Vic Ferrari's string bassist, said.

Paperfest organizers say they talked with public health officials before putting on the event.

"We did also have very detailed and lengthy discussions with the Timber Rattlers, with the town of Grand Chute. Everyone was very receptive, and they all had their input to make this event what it is," Paperfest Director Matthew Booth said.

While people can leave their cars, organizers say no mingling.

"We want to promote social distancing, six feet," Booth said.

If you're interested in going to Paperfest Friday or Saturday, you can purchase tickets on the Timber Rattlers website, or you can call the box office.

General admission tickets cost $30 per car, and VIP tickets closer to the stage are $60 per car.

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