Country Crossings 2018 Wrap-Up (Photo)
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies say enforcement at the 2018 Country Crossings Music Festival went rather smoothly. For four days, from July 26 to 29, people converged on the Jackson County Expo and nearby camping areas. Of the thousands of attendees, a dozen were arrested or taken to a sobering facility for behavior occurring at the event.
Deputies arrested five people after incidents of disorderly conduct or fighting. One person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at a festival camping area, and one person was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Deputies say all of the arrests involved people who had been drinking alcohol.
In addition to the arrests, deputies transported five people to the William H. Moore Center (“detox”) because they were too intoxicated to care for themselves. Several more people were escorted from the premises by security or deputies and were not allowed to return for the duration of the festival.
For the first time, JCSO collaborated with Country Crossings organizers on a text notification system to help attendees stay informed. The system was used mainly for traffic and pedestrian reminders.
Deputies say the vast majority of festival attendees went out of their way to make the event enjoyable for everyone. Sheriff Sickler thanks the many agencies and community partners who worked together to make this year’s festival safe.