Bonnaroo attendees stay busy beyond the music - WSMV Channel 4

Bonnaroo attendees stay busy beyond the music

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

The music at Bonnaroo started up around midday Friday, but many festival-goers didn't sleep in. They instead took advantage of the good weather to get some exercise and get clean.

With it being so dusty and dry on the farm, some people were looking for more than just a shower. That's why the line for a hair wash started early.

"We walk around in this dust all day. It just feels good and refreshing to have your hair washed," said Brandy Boozer of Rome, GA.

And once the salon's doors opened, hundreds of Bonnaroo-goers were looking for more than just the standard shower.

Workers can wash 75 heads of hair an hour, and last year nearly 4,000 people took advantage of its services.

Across the farm, some others started the day with another relaxing activity - yoga. Hundreds of folks spent the morning in a downward dog pose.

"I mean, a normal yoga class is 20 people, so coming out here with people who I have no idea their names, it's amazing," said Meagan Tyler of Montgomery, AL.

But dotting the landscape of the yoga lawn are booths that belong to vendors like Rick Wilson. The White Bluff resident and his wife, Laura, founded the charity Strings for Hope, which converts old guitar strings into jewelry to help end hunger.

"You cannot recycle instrument strings. They are made out of mixed metals. They end up in the landfills," Wilson said.

The couple said their booth at Bonnaroo has been huge for them so far.

"Yesterday was just insane. We were just packed - had a lot of great people, met a lot of great people and apparently that's like the slow day," Wilson said.

Not only are they selling the jewelry, they said people are also interested in donating old instrument strings for them to make into new bracelets and earrings.

For other groups, such as the local chapter of the Sierra Club, Bonnaroo offers a chance to educate a large crowd on issues like clean air and water.

"The future is young people, and music gathers a lot of young people," said Mark Plumlee with the Sierra Club of Tennessee.

While many attend the festival for the music, they often get hooked by all the extra activities.

"It's amazing. There's not really any words for Bonnaroo so far," Tyler said.

Local Manchester-area groups also use the festival for fundraising. According to the mayor, the local Rotary Club has been parking cars at Bonnaroo for years and makes thousands in the process.

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