COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After having to cancel last year’s performances, this weekend marks the return of the WonderBus Music and Arts Festival.
With over 10,000 people gathered Saturday and another 10,000 expected Sunday, organizers at WonderBus said they wanted to take every step necessary to keep people safe.
“You need a mask, if you’re not vaccinated, or if you don’t show a negative COVID test, to come through the gates,” said Denny Young, president of the Elevation Group, which owns WonderBus.
Headliners like Kesha, AJR, and the Band Camino were part of the draw, but attendees and event coordinators said it’s the fact that they’re able to have concerts like this outside again that’s bringing people out, even with COVID-19 protocols in place.
That’s something festival attendees are taking seriously.
“Absolutely, I mean I think we deserve it, we’ve waited a long time, and hopefully we can keep it up and keep these events going,” said Chris Racz, a local attendee.
Racz attended Saturday’s show, saying the family is celebrating his son’s birthday.
“These guys are big AJR fans, so we surprised him with tickets for his birthday,” said Racz.
“I really like ‘Way Less Sad,’” said Gavin Racz, Chris’ son.
And others like Josh McFall said being able to attend events like this is something he took for granted in the past, but is glad to be able to do again.
“I don’t think you should be here unless you’re taking precautions, wearing a mask if you’re not vaccinated,” McFall said. “You know, making sure you show your vaccination card when you get in. It just keeps all of us safe, and it keeps us able to have environments like this.”
Organizers said the COVID-19 protocols are helping keep people safe physically and mentally.
“Obviously last year, we were pushed due to the pandemic, and really, our goal is two-fold,” Young said. “One to entertain people through music, great food, and fun activities, and two is to shine a bright light on mental health.”
NBC4 is also a proud sponsor of the festival which continues Sunday with headliners Wilco and Grouplove.