Sheriff has some tips for people going to Watershed


As the Gorge Amphitheater prepares to host one of its biggest events of the year, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has some friendly advice for concert-goers.

Most of it involves making common-sense choices as tens of thousands of people descend on the site for Watershed, a three-day country musical festival that starts Friday.

With temperatures expected to be in the 90s, staying hydrated is vital, the department warned.

In addition, people are advised to avoid taking drinks or drugs from strangers and to let security know if you see any sketchy behavior.

Better yet, the sheriff advises, don’t do drugs at all.

Watershed this year is headlined by Miranda Lambert, the Zach Brown Band and Jason Aldean.

The sheriff’s office also has a Gorge Alert app this year that deputies can use to advise concertgoers if there are any safety issues.

12 tips offered by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office

1 – Go in a group and within that group have a “Shedder Pal” who always has your back.

2 Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. Don’t wait until you feel sick or thirsty.

3 – Watch out for the safety of other people in the crowd even if they aren’t your “Shedder Pal”.

4 – Prepare an “exit strategy” and have a plan for what to do if there is an emergency.

5 – Watch out for people looking for “vulnerable” men or women at concerts. Let security know if you notice those behaviors.

6 – Don’t take drinks or drugs from strangers. Better yet, don’t do drugs at all.

7 – Lock valuables in your car’s trunk. Don’t leave things visible thru the windows/in your tent.

8 – Feeling sick or do you see someone who is? Contact security, EMTs or go to the medical tent.

9 – See something or someone suspicious? Call 9-1-1 or contact security or sheriff’s deputies. The Sheriff’s Office is inside the campground next the main entrance.

10 – All front seat belts must be utilized prior to riding in beds of trucks. Safer: don’t ride in truck beds.

11 – If you ride in the bed of a truck, you need to be fully seated on the bed, no riding on outside of vehicles.

12 – Make Good Choices. Enjoy Yourself.