Record Heat Overwhelms Fans At CMA Music Fest And Bonnaroo
June 14, 2010 at 8:22 AM (PT)
Some of the biggest stars in Country music were part of this year’s CMA MUSIC FEST in NASHVILLE, which wrapped up last night (6/13), with ARISTA/NASHVILLE artist BRAD PAISLEY, but it looks like the oppressive heat, high temperatures and headliners were the headlining acts this year. According to the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, the heat index reached a scorching 104 degrees at times.
According to the TENNESSEAN, there were record daily crowds averaging 65,000 at the CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL and 75,000 at the rock festival BONNAROO, held in nearby MANCHESTER, TN. The music was marred by a death of a 29-year old man at BONNAROO, blamed on high temperatures and on FRIDAY (6/11). Thirty-four-year old FRED STAPLETON, a security guard at the CMA MUSIC FEST, was found dead inside a closed medical tent.
More than 400 people were treated for heat exhaustion at CMA, said JERRY JONES, VANDERBILT LifeFlight Event Medicine spokesman. Of those, just over a hundred were treated SUNDAY (6/13).
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