29 arrested, 121 cited for MIP at Stampede

By Bethany Knipp

Twenty-nine people were arrested while attending the 2014 Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park, according to numbers from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Greg Riat said in a report that seven women and 22 men were arrested while attending the four-day event that ended Sunday evening.

He said underage drinking was one of the biggest concerns that deputies would try harder to impede next year.

At this year’s Stampede, 121 people were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. Other illegal activity included possession of illegal drugs, sexual battery and battery against a law enforcement officer.

Overall, however, Riat said the event went smoothly. “For the crowd, it went pretty well,” he said.

The sheriff’s office reported last year that 25 people — 14 women and 11 men — were arrested while attending Stampede.

The sheriff’s office, along with Riley County EMS, Blue Township Fire Department, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control were the lead agencies for Country Stampede.

Blue Township Fire Department Chief Eric Ward said field calls went down for the agency despite larger crowds.

“It just seemed to be a happier crowd with a whole lot less problems,” Ward said.

He said there was a total of 386 calls for service. Thirty-five of those overlap with Riley County EMS’s calls, he said.

EMS director Larry Couchman said to Riley County commissioners on Monday that 471 people were treated in some capacity during the festival.

Ward also said there were five fires, which happened in a golf cart, a car and a dumpster, among other places.

Ward said in one incident, a person received minor injuries after spilling a generator.

But Ward said he thought 2014 was a good year for Stampede. 

“This seemed to be one of the smoothest events we’ve seen since the beginning,” he said.

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