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People desperately push and shove their way to get into a 13 Fest shuttle bus in the Palmer Place parking lot on Stimson and East State Street in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, April 18, 2015. (FILE)

15Fest goes down smoothly

At 15Fest on Friday and Saturday, attendees enjoyed cool weather and musical acts including Lil Yachty and Migos.

In years prior, so many people have walked back from previous Number Fests at The Venue of Athens that the Athens County Sheriff’s Office has had to shut down State Route 56. Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith said this year, the crowd was much more orderly because people left throughout the night instead of all at once.

“I think this was our best year,” he said. “I'm pleased with the way it turned out.”

Smith said his office made two arrests during Saturday night. He did not know how many calls Athens County EMS received, but said injuries were minimal.

D.j. Madison, an Ohio University sophomore studying economics, said he likes to come early to the event and tailgate with his friends. He didn’t like the timing of this year’s event.

“I wish it was at a different point in the year, like not right before finals,” he said. “It's worth it.”

Madison added he was most excited about Migos.

“Migos is lit,” he said.

Logan Dillon, an OU sophomore studying finance, said he was as excited about spending time with his friends as he was about the acts.

“It's the last big bang before finals, you know?” Dillon said. “It's a good time.”

Numbers Fest drew in students from universities outside of Athens as well. Shelby George, a student from Bowling Green State University, and Mikela Cellar first came last year to Number Fest to see The Chainsmokers.

“Everyone who comes here just has a good time,” Cellar said. “We just gotta keep going. It’s a tradition.”

The women filled their car with supplies such as blankets and rubber boots.

“You gotta be prepared for everything,” George said. “We’ve slept in our cars at music festivals before.”

— Bennett Leckrone contributed to this report 


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