Organizers hail WayHome as a big success
Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 5:37PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 26, 2015 6:27PM EDT
On the final day of the WayHome Music and Arts Festival, organizers say they couldn’t be happier with the event.
About 35,000 people attended the festival this weekend and organizers say 80 per cent were campers. The owner of Burls Creek says there were a number of plans in place to make sure everyone was safe and the grounds were kept clean.
“Everything has went as well as I could have imagined and with the attention that the event grounds are getting in the community, we wanted to make sure we had a safe and enjoyable weekend without problem or problem free and I think we had accomplished that beyond my expectations,” says owner Stan Dunford.
Emergency responders tell CTV News there haven’t been any serious problems or disturbances to report. Some people were hospitalized for dehydration, alcohol consumption and minor cuts – cases paramedics say they were prepared for.
In total, 72 artists have performed on four different stages all weekend. Headliners have included Neil Young and Kendrick Lamar; Grammy award winning artist Sam Smith will be closing the festival on Sunday night.
Police are warning folks heading home from the cottage on Sunday night of the potential for traffic delays on Highway 11 as the tens of thousands of people begin leaving Burl’s Creek.
Police also say they will have ride checks set up in the area making sure no one is getting behind the wheel while impaired.