Determined boaters have been camping out along the water's edge of Downtown Chattanooga since Tuesday for a chance to dock near the Coke Stage during Riverbend Festival 2014. They're hoping to score a slot on the "sign up" sheet to gain access to the dock during the festival.
What started as a tradition that had the feel of camping in line for front row concert tickets or the latest electronics on Black Friday, has transitioned into a party of sorts, officials said.
Marty Puryear of Marine Max, the group who manages the docks along Chattanooga's riverfront, says, "It's more like a tailgating party."
Space is limited, and so is the time available. Boaters can only park festival-side for half the week, either Friday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Saturday. First come, first serve. Marine Max will open the doors at 8 a.m. Friday, exactly six months to the day that Riverbend 2014 kicks off.