If you were headed west on Clinton Parkway this morning, this is the sight you found - hundreds of vehicles backed up as tourists were heading into the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton Lake. This shot was taken about 8:30 a.m. as traffic was backed up heading west about 1.5 miles east of the lake on Clinton Parkway.
Sarah Moore, 21, Fort Collins, Colo., doesn't let the traffic jam bother her Thursday morning as she hangs out the window on her way to the Wakarusa Festival.
The west bound lanes of Clinton Parkway are clogged with people trying to get into the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival . The festival opened Thursday morning and festival goers caused traffic jams on the west side of Lawrence. The festival expects to draw 15,000 people a day for the festival which runs through Sunday.
Wakarusa Festival brings a lot of traffic - and headaches - to Lawrence. This line on Thursday was 2 miles long about noon and getting longer. The long line was attributed mostly to vehicle searches at the entrance to the festival.
Sean Sullivan, Billings, MT., plays his didgeridoo while waiting in a long line of traffic to get into the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.
Music fans relax while waiting in a long line of traffic on K-10 just south of the I-70 Lecompton interchange.
Stuck in a long line of traffic backed up at the entrance to Clinton State Park and the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival a festival goer relaxes in his car at left while at right a group of fans decide to pedal and walk in.
The entrance to Clinton Lake was a jammed up affair from 8:30 a.m. till noon.
Ben Lanz, left, and Cecilia Miller, both of Knoxville, TN., walk along a long line of traffic backed up on K-10 waiting to enter Clinton State Park and the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.
Mason Mosiman, 7-months old, rests in a car seat underneath a tent at Clinton Lake. Mason's mother, Brianna, is one of dozens of women that have taken the reigns in organizing Wakarusa Fest. Mosiman rested in the shade on Monday as his mother coordinated preparations for this weekend's music and camping festival.
Women who work behind the scenes at the Wakarusa Fest are, from left, Nicki Geist, Heather Lofflin, Dana Wingerd, Amanda Haase, Liz Padilla, Christina Meir, Madina Salaty, Brianna Mosiman, Julie Ibach.
Chelsey Bills, Milwaukee, Wis., hula hoops Thursday afternoon near the campgrounds of Wakarusa Festival with her friend, Jen Ramirez, left, as the two market Bills' hoops to festivalgoers.
A makeshift sign leads the way to the Wakarusa Festivities.
Lawrence resident and Wakarusa Festival attendee Trey Hornbeck displays his shoelace tattoos on his feet.
Wakarusa Festival attendees hitch a ride on the back of a car for the long haul ahead to the music and camping Thursday at Clinton State Park.
Lawrence resident Kyle Paffen takes a slug from a bottle of whiskey as he and his friends party before the evening festivities Thursday at Wakarusa Fest.