Outdoor festival kept responders on the go

An outdoor festival staged late last month in Oconee County’s South Union community made for drug arrests, medical calls, noise complaints and vehicle stops. The Sheriff’s Office this afternoon released statistics from its standpoint as to how the 2014 Gratifly Festival went down July 25-27. Twenty-two drug charges were placed, including charges for trafficking in mushrooms, possession of LSD and heroin. There were 13 medical calls, 13 noise complaints—one of which led to an arrest. The Sheriff’s Office also released the following statement: “Officials with Gratifly were to provide shuttle transportation to and from this event as festival goers parked in a parking area on Highway 11. The shuttle service failed and this did cause a traffic issue with the number of vehicles and pedestrians going to and from the event. Deputies did have to direct traffic and observed several near accidents in and around the parking area.”