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Ryan Stadther, John Okeefe and Adam Carpenter of United Rentals in Fargo erect a tent behind the field stage Tuesday afternoon in preparation of the 10,000 Lakes Festival at the Soo Pass Ranch.

Booking the perfect bands at 10KLF starts now

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It starts now: even before the 2009 festival season begins, organizers are looking for bands to book for next year.

"We start as early as we can," said Randy Levy, an executive at Rose Presents, a partner company and booking agency for 10,000 Lakes Festival and WE-Fest.

It can take months to nail down headliners for these big music events, between scheduling and compensation negotiations -- "It's not like going to Macy's and looking at the price tag," Levy said.

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