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Stage is set for another year at Bonnaroo

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The stage is set for what's become one of the most popular and eclectic music festivals in the world, and before the fans arrive, a lot of work is being done to make sure everyone stays safe.

An annual rite of summer, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is officially underway in Coffee County.

Gates at the farm in Manchester opened Wednesday evening, and thousands of music fans will soon claim their campsites and plan which shows they want to see over the next four days.

Final preparations were completed Wednesday as the state health department issued permits and inspected 250 food tents.

"It is a huge undertaking," said Hugh Atkins, the Tennessee Department of Health director of Environmental Health.

The festival is also working to ensure there will be plenty of nurses and doctors on hand. There has to be one doctor for every 5,000 fans.

"The health department checks their licenses to make sure they're current," Atkins said.

The idea is to have a fun, healthy and safe festival.

"When you get a community of this size - 90,000 people - you're going to have health issues in a four-day period, and we're trying to keep those certainly to a minimum as we can," Atkins said.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has lowered the speed limit on Interstate 24 near Manchester to 55 mph. The goal is to get everyone to the festival safely. Officers will also be patrolling the roads near Bonnaroo, checking for drugs and weapons.

If you want to attend the festival, there is still one option available. For the first time, Bonnaroo is selling ticket packages for non-campers this year, and the deal includes shuttle service to and from LP Field in Nashville.

The one-day shuttle and ticket costs $175 each.

For more information, visit: http://www.bonnaroo.com.

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