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Health inspectors keep Bonnaroo grounds safe

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Thousands of music fans are making Manchester their home this weekend at Bonnaroo.

Before the first music note was played, state health inspectors were canvassing the area.

Crews with the Tennessee Department of Health were fanning out across the farm Friday morning making sure everything was in order.

"They are pretty much looking for the same risk factors that they would at a regular restaurant inspection," said Hugh Atkins, director of environmental health for the Tennessee Department of Health.

Atkins said his inspector started going tent-by-tent Tuesday, inspecting more than 200 vendors, scrambling to get everyone permitted before the gates opened, focusing first on the food vendors.

"They want to make sure that the vendors have enough capacity to store food at the proper temps," said Atkins. "They want to make sure that they have the capacity to wash their hands as frequently as they need. They have the ability to cook foods at the proper temps and then cool those foods down at the proper temps."

The state inspects everything, even down to the portable toilets, making sure there are enough to accommodate everyone. There is roughly one portable toilet for every 150 women and one for every 250 men.

"They get permitted for about 100,000 people here so they have to have enough water and sewage disposal to take of that many people over the course of the entire event," said Atkins.

During the event, a handful of inspectors walk the grounds every day to check for proper spacing between tents and enough access to roads in case of an emergency.

"It does sound like chaos at first, but it has to be organized to be able to make it work," said Atkins.

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