Saturday, June 10, 2006
As of Friday evening, about 60 people had been given minor medical treatments at the Wakarusa Festival. About 30 had been given more sustained treatment in the medical tents, and 15 had been sent to the hospital, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.
A detailed accounting of the types of injuries and illnesses wasn't available.
Inside the Lawrence Memorial Hospital tent on Friday afternoon, a woman wandered in with a gash on her thumb that she'd received the night before while trying to cut a glow stick. She'd already been in and had it treated, but needed to have it rebandaged.
A few moments later, a woman wandered in after a bicycle accident needing hydrogen peroxide. She was followed by a man who wanted his feet doused in hydrogen peroxide, a man asking for headache medicine and a camera-laden photographer looking for the nearest water stand.
On the floor lay a nearly empty cardboard box of free condoms.
Wakarusa Festival, 2006 - Day 2
The previous night, the staff at the tent had treated a man for a swollen snakebite, and another patient was on drugs, climbing a tree and trying to eat bark, said Terri Woodson, a registered nurse with the hospital who was working at the tent.
Justin Westfall, 20, from Colorado, and a group of friends stopped at a water stand in the midday heat in an effort to avoid dehydration.
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"We keep a good eye on each other, make sure we drink a lot of water," he said.
During the afternoon and evening Friday, officers with the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office arrested 14 people on drug- or alcohol-related charges, according to Douglas County Jail records. In a majority of the arrests, officers believed that minors possessed or purchased alcohol.
More about the Wakarusa Festival
- 6News video: Clean-up crews picking up after weekend festival (06-12-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa Festival arrests scheduled to appear Friday (06-12-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa festival winds down (06-11-06)
- 6News video: Heat beats down on Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Businesses benefiting from festival (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Law enforcement keeping eye on illegal substances (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa swings into gear (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Traffic snarls grip festival (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Sweep yields drug arrests (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Apartment complex blocked by traffic (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Checklanes check out festival-goers (06-07-06)
- 6News video: Staff, volunteers, vendors prepare for flood of visitors (06-07-06)
- Wakarusa inspections infuriate the ACLU (06-13-06)
- Police activity, arrests increase at Wakarusa (06-13-06)
- Police presence dampened fest, campers say (06-12-06)
- Wakarusa hits high note (06-11-06)
- Norway's Hurra Torpedo plays everything but the kitchen sink (06-11-06)
- Concert creates good vibes for area businesses (06-10-06)
- Logistical problems strike sour note for some (06-10-06)
- Medical personnel see variety of ailments (06-10-06)
- More than Lip service (06-10-06)
- Lawrence drummer adjusts to gig with the Lips (06-10-06)
- Sitar player carves out own La La land in music industry (06-10-06)
- Festival in full gear (06-09-06)
- Delay doesn't dampen spirits (06-09-06)
- Medical tent may curb trips to LMH (06-09-06)
- Youngsters walk through traffic to tae kwon do (06-09-06)
- Women of Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- The Mutaytor brings circus atmosphere to outdoor fest (06-09-06)
- Traffic problems arise at Wakarusa fest (06-08-06)
- Highway patrol drug check greets fans on way to fest (06-08-06)
- State rains on Wakarusa parade (06-08-06)
- Scattered by Hurricane Katrina, band remains intact (06-08-06)
- Walkin' Wakarusa (06-08-06)
- Police checkpoint near Wakarusa causing a stir (06-07-06)
- Partiers take note: Police presence at Wakarusa Fest to double this year (05-04-06)
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 4
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 3
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 2
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 1
- Wakarausa Festival 2006 - Pre-Fest