MORRISTOWN - For many in the Ohio Valley, Jamboree in the Hills is a chance to kick back, drink a few cold ones and listen to some good tunes. However, as years past have proven, the party can be a little bit much for some to handle.
Jamboree in the Hills 2014 has been a different story, at least so far. This year, the crowd seems somewhat mild and the level of incidents are relatively low.
"It's kind of mellow at this point," said Captain Ronnie Everett of the Belmont County Sheriff's Department. "I think the weather has a lot to do with it. It hasn't been really hot. We've had the cloud cover and the breeze, cool temperatures. I think it helps."
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Pictured are the thousands of patrons in the crowd at Jamboree in the Hills. According to officials, the crowd has been somewhat mild so far this year.
Jamboree has not been incident free, but compared to years past, the crowd seems quite mild so far.
"We've handled mostly disorderly conducts - naturally, drunk individuals who don't want to take and do what you tell them too," Everett said. "We've had very few arrests. There have been a few fights. We had to transport probably five to jail last night and some of them bonded out. Overall, it's been good."
One of the biggest problems so far this year, according to Everett, have been with ticket scalpers. He stressed that people should avoid buying their tickets from non-authentic sellers.
"Every year we get three or four cases where they have (bought) bad tickets, and they lose two or three hundred dollars. The best thing to do is to come to the box office and buy them, where you know they are legitimate," Everett said.
He explained that this is a recurring problem every year at Jambo, and it is something that is hard to deal with because ticket scalpers usually do not stay in the same location for a long time and, thus, are nearly impossible to track down.
On the medical side of Jambo, things are approximately the same.
"It's not been too bad. The weather has been pretty mild," said Neal Aulick, who is the medical director at Emstar. "We've still had quite a few dehydrated drunks. We had a couple injuries yesterday - falls and things like that. I think we've only sent about eight or nine people to the hospital so far. I think we've treated about fifty patients."
Aulick explained that Thursday and Friday are typically slow days for the medical tent at Jambo, and he assumes that by the end of the weekend, the tent will have seen about 250 to 300 people. He also said that a majority of the medical tent's patients will not arrive until the end of the day.
"We really get busy usually when the last act is on. We'll have probably half of our patients in the last couple hours just because the day will catch up to everybody," he said.
The medical tent is certainly staffed to handle the rush, however. In culmination with the event staff at Jambo, the medical tent can usually catch most problems before they become too severe.
"We're ready for anything," Aulick said. "We're well staffed. We can take care of a lot of patients. A lot of people rotate in and out. We have four doctors and four nurses here right now, a lot of paramedics and paramedic students, a lot of EMTs, all the squad people. We try to keep four or five squads here at any given time. We're here and ready if anybody needs us."
The party in Morristown will wrap up on Sunday.
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