By Nikole Dugger
While cars bearing license plates from across North America snaked toward Bonnaroo’s exits Sunday, those left behind became impromptu vendors.
Awkwardly fashioned signs and echoes of “cold beer, ice cold beer” resonated throughout the guest camping area as those staying for the final day’s music attempted to turn a profit from the surplus in their coolers.
Jen Sexton’s supply was just enough to last, so she said her primary focus was enjoying a few more hours in the spirited atmosphere that is Bonnaroo.
“It’s a little disheartening to have to pack up,” said the native of New Brunswick in Canada.
Preparing for the journey beyond Maine failed to excite Ms. Sexton as much as of the initial trek down.
“For some reason, it’ll probably go faster —; just not have the same sense of anticipation,” she said.
For Kevin Mandia, bidding farewell to his inaugural Bonnaroo experience was bittersweet.
“For me, me leaving festivals —; I’m glad to go home and get a shower but sorry that it’s over,” said the Washington, D.C., resident.
Dust-covered cars filled Cracker Barrel parking lot in Kimball, Tenn., late Sunday night as former Bonnarooians feasted before readjusting to civilian life.
Christoffer O’Connor, 17, and his family turned the festival into a mini-vacation from their Raleigh, N.C., home. Although Mr. O’Connor said he greatly appreciated Beck’s performance at the festival, he characterized its being over as a “relief.”
“It’s nice to get back to civilization, have a clean bed and clean bathrooms, but I’ll miss the music —; it was fun,” he said.
Though he said the 8-hour drive seemed lengthy en route to Manchester, Mr. O’Connor thought the return venture would be relaxing.
“After hearing people talk about 20-hour car trips to California, it doesn’t seem bad at all,” he said.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said the last few concertgoers were still filing out at mid-afternoon today but hopes to have the farm clear by 6 p.m.
Though figures were still being updated, Mr. Graves said 74 adult arrests were registered during the festival by all agencies involved. The Coffee County Sheriffs Department issued 105 citations for offenses such as indecent exposure and possession of small quantities of drugs, he said.
“We survived it,” Mr. Graves said.
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