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Due to the location and expected size of the Exit 111 Festival, Coffee County Sheriff Department Captain Frank Watkins expects the traffic plan will be similar to the one used for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on the same site.  

This year’s Bonnaroo brought in a sellout crowd, nearing 80,000 attendees. According to festival organizers, the Exit 111 Festival is expected draw roughly half that crowd in its first year, so traffic is expected to move more smoothly in October than it did in June.

Many fans of the new three-day hard-rock festival followed Bonnaroo’s traffic through news posts and social media to get an idea of what to expect in October. The summer sellout brought with it lengthy delays that had largely been eliminated in recent years, even as recently as 2017 and 2018 when crowds topped out around 60,000.

AC Entertainment’s Community Engagement and Festival Relations representative Brad Parker said festival organizers will be working with local law enforcement and state agencies to reduce the impact of the festival on Manchester.

“This includes putting together traffic plans that not only help cut down on traffic and disruption but also create and maintain a safe environment for our fans and locals in the community alike,” he said. “As you know, safety is always our top priority. These plans are still being finalized as this event will have smaller impact than Bonnaroo.”

It is not known yet what role the Tennessee Department of Transportation might play, according to Region 2 Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn.  TDOT HELP units assist with traffic during the annual Bonnaroo festival and Tennessee Highway Patrol state troopers patrol around the clock both on the ground and in the air during the event.