A heron flies near the Ankney National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. 

A heron flies near the Ankney National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. 

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

Organizers of the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival want to move the four-day event to Marion County and more than double its size, to as many as 60,000 attendees per day.

But opposition is building over the proposed location: 692 acres of farmland bordering Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, 12 miles south of Salem.

Opponents, including neighbors, farmers and birders, say the event has the potential to create miles-long traffic backups on Interstate 5 and through the refuge; increase theft, vandalism, litter and the likelihood of accidents at the refuge and surrounding farms; and harm wildlife at the refuge.

The for-profit event, staged in Brownsville for the past 10 years, offers camping and boasts more than 30 acts. This year they include Alabama, Kid Rock and Lady Antebellum.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.