Though dust and heat caused some medical issues, overall the music festival’s first year “was a phenomenal event,” said Patrol Deputy Garret Kinnan with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.
“For an area as big as we had and for as many people as showed up, I believe things went well,” he said Monday, the morning after the festival’s conclusion on ranch property about 30 miles outside of Mountain Home. “For the most part people were very civilized.”
That’s reflected in the number of arrests and citations sheriff’s deputies handed out, largely for issues related to disturbing the peace. Kinnan said he could count each on one hand.
Medical calls were more frequent, in part because of the dust, which caused breathing issues for some people with asthma or similar conditions.
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“If there wasn’t any wind, it would just kind of linger there,” Kinnan said.
Organizers expected 15,000 to 17,000 people each day at the festival; a representative couldn’t be immediately reached for final ticket numbers Monday morning.
The festival is set to come back in 2016, with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean announced to perform so far on the event’s Facebook page.