Country Thunder is taking the first step to increase safety for all concert-goers this year. They're introducing a new bag policy for the 2018 season:
"With a goal of providing a superior music festival environment, and outstanding customer service to our fans, we also have a responsibility in providing the same standards for the levels of safety and security to everyone who enters through the gates of all Country Thunder events...
With that in mind, and in an effort to enhance security measures at all Country Thunder Music Festivals, we will be adopting a new clear bag policy for the 2018 Festival season.
Similarly to football stadiums and many arenas across North America, up to 14” x 17” clear plastic bags, standard one-gallon freezer bags and small clutches and purses will be permitted, while items such as backpacks, large purses, and coolers will be prohibited."