Sullivan County Residents Prepare for Country Thunder and Ian Remnants This Weekend

John M. Dabbs

With leftovers from Hurricane Ian making their way toward Tennessee, area residents are preparing their rain gear. Locals are anticipating the Country Thunder music festival at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend but will keep an eye on the weather due to expected downpours. With the first weekend of October being packed with activities in the region, the rain is not a welcome addition.

According to Weather Underground, areas near Bristol Motor Speedway are likely to receive over an inch and half of rain (1.33 inches) Friday evening, and more than a quarter of an inch of rain (0.39 inches) on Saturday. These forecasts are changing regularly, according to the National Weather Service, which suggests staying tuned to news and weather outlets for the latest forecasts.

The increased rainfall potential this weekend is projected to affect other locations across the Tri-Cities. The music festival at Bristol Motor Speedway is aptly named "Country Thunder." Organizers have made their intentions known early on their Facebook feed, saying the event will take place "rain or shine."
Rain or shine eventCountry Thunder/Facebook

The iconic music festival "Country Thunder" takes place Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1, 2022. Artists scheduled currently are:


  • 3:00 Dee Jay Silver
  • 4:30 John Morgan
  • 6:00 Kameron Marlowe
  • 7:30 Travis Tritt
  • 9:30 Jason Aldean


  • 3:00 Ian Munsick
  • 4:30 Tracy Lawrence
  • 6:00 Lauren Alaina
  • 7:30 Hardy
  • 9:30 Morgan Wallen


Those camping in the area are advised to keep an eye on Whitetop Creek and Beaver Creek which travel through the Speedway property, and adjacent campgrounds near the Bristol Sports Complex. The low-lying areas are prone to flooding. The higher campgrounds in the speedway complex above the drag strip are better suited to camping in wet weather.

Sullivan County residents are aware of areas that are likely to flood during times of heavy rain. These include areas in the Vance Tank Road, Hickory Tree, and Sullivan Gardens areas - among many others. Local officials remind all drivers to never drive through flooded streets - "Turn Around - Don't Drown."

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