RCMP duties at Country Thunder are done for this year.
The 2018 running of the festival came to a close yesterday and crews have began clean-up efforts, which started almost immediately following Luke Bryan’s concert.
“Stage started coming down, poles started getting cleaned up, a lot of pieces are getting put into containers because they’re going to Wisconsin and we start Thursday night with Sam Hunt in Wisconsin,” said the festival Director of Marketing and Media Relations Gerry Krochak.
About 100 bins have been deployed for the clean-up crews, whom Krochak anticipates will have the area taken care of by Wednesday or Thursday.
In regards to the attendees, RCMP had a fairly decent time handling them.
According to the latest stats released early Monday afternoon, RCMP had a total of 145 calls for service throughout the duration of the festival, including 19 criminal charges and 39 prisoners held in custody overnight.
Staff Sergeant Devin Pugh said part of a reason why the numbers are low is due to a strong police presence.
“We have a large contingent of RCMP, visibility was up this year, we had our bike patrol out this year interacting with the crowds,” he said. “The positive interaction with the crowd helps out, it really does.”
One area of note, according to Staff Sergeant Pugh, was a rise in impaired drivers.
“That is concerning,” he said. “We sure as heck want to stop that from happening again.”