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Firefly Makes Major Announcement, DelDOT Looks at Traffic for 2014

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - After record crowds over the weekend, organizers of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover say the show will go on behind the International Speedway for another ten years.

Red Frog Events announced Monday a ten-year deal. And the company has already picked the dates for next year's Firefly. It will be June 20-22.

A limited number of tickets will be on sale at a reduced price for the 2014 festival Wednesday morning at nine. The acts playing next year are still yet to be determined.

This year's event doubled in size from last year's inaugural event to over 65,000 music lovers each day. The concerts were great, but the festival created major traffic problems this weekend.

There were traffic backups on US 13 from Dover to Smyrna. DE 1 was snarled at times from Dover to Middletown.

"It was a perfect storm of commuters, beach traffic and 60,000 people showing up for the festival," said DelDOT Sect. Shailen Bhatt.

DelDOT is turning its attention to improving the traffic situation for the festival in 2014. The department believes there are ways to alleviate some of that messiness next year.

Bhatt thinks traffic at firefly would be less of a headache if it worked more like a NASCAR race weekend, when campers trickle in ahead of time.

"I think next year what we'll do is work with the organizers to open up more camping beforehand. That will get some of those people in, so it's not 60,000 people showing up all at once," he said. "The bottom line is when 60,000 people show up all at the same time there's going to be challenge. But we'll learn from that for next year. We'll make some changes."

Bhatt says adding more access points to the festival next year might help with traffic, as well.

Due to car troubles, Andrew Topel is one of the last people leaving firefly Monday. He came down from Wilmington and was one of the first people to get to the festival Friday.

"We met a group over at Home Depot around 6:30 in the morning, so we lucked out on the bad traffic," he said. "We knew if we got here any later, we'd have to deal with traffic and wait in lines all day."

He thinks getting in early is the right way to go.

"It's just such a big attraction. The only thing people can do is get here way earlier."

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