Chillicothe grows 5x’s original size, Summer Camp Music Festival this weekend

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Summer Camp Music Festival is back in Chillicothe this weekend at 3 Sisters Park.

WMBD stopped by the festival to learn about safety and security for these music fans.

Chillicothe’s a small town, but this weekend with Summer Camp here, the town grows to five times its size. 

“Basically what we do is turn this park into a huge family gathering that coincides with 180 plus bands over 10 stages and anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people can come through here,” says Danny Ranieri, Organizer.

“We have a team of about 15 officers that are on the grounds 24/7,” says Sheriff Brian Asbell. “They run 12-hour shifts. In addition, we manage traffic flow or any congestion points for parking.”

Festival fans come from all walks of life. 

Some are here with friends. 

Some are here for the music. 

Some are here to just have a good time. 

“It’s just a weekend of music, art, food,” says Ranieri. “Just good times with your friends and family.”

For fans, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first year or 20th at summer camp. 

They say it’s all about the atmosphere. 

For those behind the scenes, there’s plenty of planning, scheduling, drafting and work going on to keep everyone safe. 

“We got trauma right here for God forbid anything happens but, we have a lot of really great teamwork with local authorities,” says Ranieri. “They invite us to their homes and then they just come in here and really take care of us.

“We’re really advocating and pushing out, you know, no distracted driving,” says Sheriff Asbell. “No drinking and driving and just being safe on our roadways.” 

Local law enforcement and organizers say that they just want to work together to keep everyone secure and safe at they take in the sights and sounds here this weekend.

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