What happens to all the stuff left behind at Bonnaroo?
By Matt Barbour, Weekend Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
One of the country's biggest summer music festivals has come to a close. Bonnaroo wrapped up Sunday in Manchester, Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol this was one of the safest Bonnaroo weekends in years.
Throughout the six day period officers investigated 11 crashes, none involving injuries, or fatalities. Officers issued 10 citations for driving under the influence and 17 for speeding. Only one person was cited for open container law. THP credits an increase in personnel for the successful weekend.
Every year, festival goers leave behind all sorts of belongings like tents and grills. But what happens to all that stuff?
For the first time, the non-profit The Gear Closet linked up with the organization responsible for cleaning up what was left behind at Bonnaroo. They brought a whole truckload full of stuff back to Chattanooga that you can get your hands on for a decent price.
"We've got a plethora of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cots, grills," says Tanner Lincoln with The Gear Closet.
The Gear Closet has a treasure trove of belongings left behind at Bonnaroo along with other random items.
"A bunch of wood? that people were like building with to make art at Bonnaroo, I guess?"
Since Monday, Lincoln has been sorting it all. Channel 3 asked what was the most unique item he found. He answered,"That's a good question. A guy, most recently, our last transaction bought a poop tent. It's like a shower tent but instead of taking a shower in it, it's much shorter, you just put like a 5 gallon bucket in it. Basically, you poop in it," he says with a laugh.
"I woke up and my grandma's like, 'You need to go see all the stuff people left behind," says Andrew Magee.
Folks like Andrew Magee are dedicating their time to making a good find.
Past Bonnaroo-er Katey Neuffer speaks from experience, "Yeah, a lot of people will just leave stuff and you can find some pretty good treasures."
As to why people leave their 'treasures' behind?
"I don't know how to comment on that but yes, sometimes their state of mind causes them to forget things," says Neuffer.
She is looking to get a good deal on a sleeping bag, for a trip to Alaska.
"Oh gosh, good deals! A guy came in, the last guy that came in before the poop tent guy, got a tent, he got like 10 Tiki torches. He got some additional tent poles, tent stakes, an air mattress and an air mattress hand pump and I think he paid like 40 dollars for all of it. The tent, brand new, would have been twice as much as that," says Lincoln.
The Gear Closet is open from 12 until 6, Tuesday through Sunday. All the money goes to support local environmental programs, like the Student Environmental Alliance.
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