After 16 years, festival neighbors share thoughts on Bonnaroo - WSMV Channel 4

After 16 years, festival neighbors share thoughts on Bonnaroo

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Bonnaroo completed its 16th year of concerts at a Manchester farm on Sunday. (WSMV) Bonnaroo completed its 16th year of concerts at a Manchester farm on Sunday. (WSMV)
MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

The tents have just folded on the 16th year of Bonnaroo. The big names and big crowds continue to show up, and those closest to the festival are sharing how they feel about it after all these years.

"I like the hippie life," said Caitlin Beavers. "There is nothing better than dancing bare-footed in a field, drifting away with the music with thousands of people."

Bonnaroo has always been special for Beavers.

You can see the fireworks from her porch, park at her place for $5, and since she was a little girl, she was listening to the music.

All along, she was waiting for the day she could get out there and make her own memories. She calls it a few days the world seems to come to Manchester.

"My whole life, I just grew up around Bonnaroo," she said. "I love meeting the new people who come through this town at this time of year. It's amazing the people who travel so far to come to this little town."

Beavers is part of a small group who can claim to see Bonnaroo even when they walk out to check the mail. After 16 years, some of those neighbors are split on their feelings on that.

One neighbor told Channel 4 they leave town every Bonnaroo, tired of the music keeping them awake when they have to work the next day.

Beavers argues the noise has never been a problem to her. She said surrounding yards don't see much debris off the Bonnaroo site. She added the scalpers that were once a problem are no longer around.

Beavers does agree with a complaint of several neighbors who want lights on the roads that suddenly get busy during the festival.

"We've had a couple people almost get hit by cars because there was no lighting out here," she said. "It's so dark."

Following years catching shows by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson, and just getting lost in the middle of thousands, Beavers wants years more of being a neighbor to Bonnaroo.

"Really, I love Bonnaroo," she said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."

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