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Bonnaroo provides more cooling solutions as fans battle excessive heat

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) – This year, Bonnaroo is providing more cooling solutions around the farm than ever before.

Hot on the heels of the first heat wave of the season, the four-day music festival kicks off later this week in Manchester, Tennessee. Heat index values ​​range from 105 to 110 degrees.

Michael Bonner, EMS chief, Coffee County EMS, said his team was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. “We always have excessive heat or excessive rain.”

Centeroo will offer multiple shading, misting and cooling solutions, as well as free water hydration stations for the tens of thousands of music lovers they expect.

“Obviously people who drink alcohol and don’t stay well hydrated with water, stuff like that, always present a problem there,” Bonner said. “They’re having a great time and not thinking about staying hydrated.”

Bonnaroovians will also find shade, misting and cooling fans, and free water hydration stations at each campsite. Additionally, there will be fans hanging in the This and That tents to maintain air circulation.

Organizers also offer fun ways to cool off like a waterslide and the Bonnaroo Fountain.

In coordination with Coffee County EMS, Bonnaroo has established appropriate medical resources. Medical tents are located at Centeroo (main site) and at each camping spot.

“They have two main medical tents,” Bonner explained, which have air conditioning. “They start an IV. They push the fluids back into them, and they can correct that pretty quickly as long as the participant is quick enough to recognize “hey, I think I need some help.”

Hopefully things won’t go that far. Instead, festival-goers are suggested to take every precaution to avoid heat exhaustion and strokes.

  • Stay hydrated by increasing water intake – bring a reusable water bottle
  • Use battery-powered personal fans
  • Wear loose/light clothing and hats
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade

Bonner stressed, “Take appropriate precautions. It’s going to be hot ! Try to have fun and stay safe.


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