The Making of “Made in America”

The Labor Day Weekend Made In America Festival takes plenty of work to get off the ground from building stages to creating a perimeter. Event producers started setting up days in advance for festival, which will attract thousands to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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The Rocky Stage was looking almost ready to go Thursday morning as preps continue to be made ahead of Saturday's "Made In Maerica" festival.
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Plenty of signs like this surrounded the Parkway area by Thursday morning.
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And traffic to the inner Parkway was halted.
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There is still plenty of fence left to go up.
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Let's see what's going on inside the green retaining fence.
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Art meets construction.
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George Washington is looking over a mega screen this weekend.
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Crews worked through the morning testing the screen that will project Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder and others out to the crowd.
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Side stage towering over the Parkway.
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Bathrooms, check.
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This tent lacks merch -- right now.
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The catering tent was filling up though ahead of Saturday.
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Even Tony Luke's will be there.
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Crews at work.
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Folks walking around Eakins Oval often slowed down to look at all the action.
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Get on the dance floor.
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Thousands will fill in this area.
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Hopefully the cell service will be good.
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And the Rocky Statue was still open to the public Thursday morning
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Construction for the Budweiser Made in America festival was going full steam ahead Tuesday morning as Eakins Oval and the Ben Franklin Parkway are transformed into a venue for the Jay-Z/Pearl Jam headlined festival.
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Plenty of fencing was already in place.
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The apparent gateway to the festival.
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The parking area across from the Art Museum is being used as a staging area for crews setting up the concert grounds.
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Dozens of workers had the main stages in place by Tuesday morning.
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Speaker stands?
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The second stage is off set towards Pennsylvania Avenue.
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It takes a lot of metal to set up all the festival stages, tents, speakers and gates.
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Metal finds a temporary home.
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Chain link fence already surrounded much of the perimeter of the festival ground by Tuesday morning.
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There was plenty of fence still to be put in place.
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The food and beer tents also were taking shape.
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There will be some shade available for festival goers.
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Philly park crews were clipping some of the lower hanging braches to ensure they wouldn't be in the way.
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And don't worry, there should be plenty of portable toilets.
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Preps began last week along the Parkway.
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