GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - The party's over and work is under way to remove the massive footprint the Hangout Music Fest leaves on the beach each year.
Hundreds of workers have to break down stages, remove tents and palm trees. The whole process actually starts before the festival even ends.
"When Stevie Wonder's playing on the main stage, our other stages that have gone dark for the weekend are being broken down immediately," said Hangout Festival organizer Brad Cohen.
Even though it doesn't take festival workers as long to break down as to set up, officials said it will still take a little bit of time before the parking area at Gulf Shores public beach is opened up.
"We have to get all the stages and equipment off of the beaches so we can go clean the beaches thoroughly one more time and get the parking areas back open which will happen through the day on Wednesday, so on Thursday the (May) 23 we'll have the parking back open and we'll have the beaches open for the public to enjoy," explained Grant Brown with the city of Gulf Shores.
Through the cleanup, organizers and city officials were busy evaluating the weekend from several perspectives.
While there were 66 arrests over the three day event, police say none were for violent offenses. The majority were drug and alcohol related and there were several arrests for doing business without a license. City officials are pleased with the figures.
"We had a heightened alert for security. We had a good presence of security down here," Brown said. "Hopefully that made a difference and luckily we had a good event."
Festival organizers are also pleased and are already brainstorming on how next year's event can be even better.
"It's easy to identify what we did right, but it's critical that we look at what didn't go well or what could be better and we re-evaluate those things and actually last night we started planning with some of our people and making notes," said Cohen.
Festival organizers said the weekend was a sellout with 35,000 ticket holders per day attending. City officials said the festival has helped to make the month of May a true bookend to the summer season kick-off.
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