Come pre­pared

A Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val sur­vival guide

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Holly Rogers is no rookie when it comes to the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val (CBMF).

The Hal­i­fax na­tive is at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val for the eighth year in a row with her mother Su­san, aunt Anna and cousins Jen­nifer and Bran­don in a Rogers fam­ily ex­cur­sion.

She says the ex­cite­ment be­gins when the lineup is an­nounced in De­cem­ber and con­tin­ues un­til the fi­nal act.

“We love it. We look for­ward to it ev­ery year.”

Rogers says she has learned a few things along the way to en­joy the fes­ti­val to its fullest. Her ad­vice?

“You need to come pre­pared so that you are not hun­gry, thirsty and sun­burnt be­cause all of those things can lead to a poor ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “We al­ways bring rain pon­chos even when we think it’s go­ing to beau­ti­ful be­cause you just never know.”

En­vi­ron­ment Canada’s fore­cast shows show­ers to­day with a high of 22 C. It is call­ing for a mix of sun and cloud on Sun­day

with a high of 26 C.

Alanna Green, pre­ven­tion and safety co-or­di­na­tor with the Cana­dian Red Cross on P.E.I., has sev­eral weather-re­lated rec­om­men­da­tions.

Green says peo­ple should step into shel­ters or shaded ar­eas when­ever pos­si­ble to take breaks from the sun.

She said peo­ple should wear a min­i­mum SPF 15 sun­screen, long and light cloth­ing, sun­glasses and wide-brimmed hats (like cow­boy hats).

She also stresses the im­por­tance of stay­ing hydrated when out in the sun for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time.

“Drink lots of flu­ids be­fore you feel thirsty. If you are wait­ing un­til you are thirsty, you are al­ready de­hy­drated.”

Green says wa­ter is the best choice fol­lowed by fruit juice. She says peo­ple should avoid drink­ing tea, cof­fee or al­co­hol since they are very de­hy­drat­ing dur­ing ex­treme heat.

How­ever, Green rec­og­nizes some peo­ple may be drink­ing al­co­hol at the fes­ti­val, so she rec­om­mends hav­ing a drink of wa­ter af­ter ev­ery drink of al­co­hol.

If you are drink­ing, don’t drive, said Sgt. Leanne But­ler with Queens District RCMP.

“You will be pros­e­cuted, if you are caught,” she said.

Nu­mer­ous taxis and a shut­tle ser­vice are avi­l­able to take con­cert­go­ers to their ac­com­mo­da­tions.

Green said some heat-re­lated symp­toms in­clude dizzi­ness, nau­sea, ex­treme thirst or rapid heart rate. She said if peo­ple are feel­ing any of those symp­toms, they should seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

There is an Is­land EMS tent set up by the en­trance to the fes­ti­val grounds.

Jeff Squires, pres­i­dent of White­cap En­ter­tain­ment which pro­duces the fes­ti­val, said paramedics are there to help.

“When you have 24-25 thou­sand peo­ple around, you are go­ing to have some bumps and bruises and ac­ci­dents that hap­pen,” said Squires.

He said the best way to make sure the fes­ti­val is an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence is to plan in ad­vance and come early.

Rogers also sug­gested show­ing up early to en­sure the per­fect seats, bring por­ta­ble power banks (for cell­phones) and frozen bot­tled wa­ter.

“Ev­ery­body can bring in the one-litre bot­tle of wa­ter but we freeze ours the night be­fore so that it stays cold for most of the day.”

Nova Sco­tian sis­ters Glenda and Tina LeBlanc are at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val for the third year in a row.

They said they saved $600 in ac­com­mo­da­tion fees for the week­end by stay­ing in Char­lot­te­town, which helps when do­ing the fes­ti­val on a bud­get.

Glenda also has an­other help­ful tip – don’t wear flip-flops. In­stead, she sug­gests wear­ing some­thing com­fort­able, like sneak­ers.

Tina sug­gested bring­ing rub­ber boots in case it rains and to wear lit­tle back­packs in­stead of car­ry­ing a purse.

They said they are get­ting a lit­tle wiser each year when it comes to be­ing pre­pared for the fes­ti­val. Glenda now has a check­list to en­sure they don’t for­get any­thing.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Holly Rogers of Hal­i­fax has a spot right in front of the main stage at the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and is look­ing for­ward to a week­end full of coun­try mu­sic. Thou­sands of peo­ple have gath­ered in Prince Ed­ward Is­land this week­end for the fes­ti­val, which be­gan Fri­day and will con­tinue un­til Sun­day with head­line acts like Zac Brown Band, Kip Moore and Lit­tle Big Town.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Coun­try mu­sic fans Danie Pitre, left, and Shanel De­grace of Ni­gadoo, N.B., said they are ex­cited to at­tend their first Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val this week­end. Pitre and De­grace are look­ing for­ward to Sun­day per­for­mances by Tim Hicks and Zac Brown Band.

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