Heat plus alcohol causes some Birthday Bash problems


MARTIN, Mich. (WOOD) – The first day of the 2014 B-93 Birthday Bash saw some problems due to the heat.

Last year, parking problems backed up traffic. That problem was fixed this time around. Saturday, it was the heat that was causing problems

An estimated 50,000 people packed the US-131 Motorsports Park Saturday to enjoy country music, beer, food and fun. Some camped out more than 80-degree weather.

“It’s cooking out here,” Bash-goer Braden Schultz said. “Dehydration will get to you.”

It was so hot that people to hung out under sheets, stands and shade for some relief.

Photos: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014

Emergency medical crews were busy treating people who were dealing with heat exhaustion and dehydration.

“I’ve seen a couple people taken off in those golf carts,” said concert-goer Christina Canepa.

And law enforcement was out in full force to deal with other problems.

On Saturday, a Allegan County sheriff’s deputy said there were six fights that resulted in arrests and more than 30 other fights were reported.

Tuesday, Allegan County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Baker released official results on crime statistics from Saturday, saying there were around 10 reports of disorderly conduct and six that were reported as assaults or domestic assaults.

Baker said deputies were also called out to other reports of arguments and fights that resulted in people being escorted off the concert grounds, but did not result in assault charges.

“Lots of fighting associated with alcohol drinking,” said Allegan County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tony Saucedo. “Most of the time, it happens between acts when there’s no entertainment.”

There were six fights that resulted in arrests and more than 30 others fights were reported, according to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.

“She was down hitting her a couple times and then the cops pulled her off. It was pretty messy on the other girl’s face. She had what looked like a broken nose,” said Schultz, describing a fight he saw.

Despite those issues, the party was fairly calm considering there are around 50,000 people in attendance.

“With a big event like this, there are going to be some challenges that we face,” said Sgt. Saucedo.

Gates opened Sunday at 10 a.m. as Justin Moore headlined the second day of the bash.

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