Mumford By the Numbers:
Concert tickets sold: 27,000,likely to go to 30,000
Daily Wristbands: 5,000-8,000
Time Planning Locally: 8 months
Camping passes: 10,000
Camp sites: 4,000-4,500
Extra police hours: 1,700
TROY – After nearly eight months of planning for an international concert that will attract a crowd larger than Troy’s 25,000 population, local organizers say details are coming together.
“We think we have it fairly well covered,” Patrick Titterington, Troy’s city service and safety director, told downtown area residents last week when discussing extra police and emergency medical workers who’ll be on hand for the Aug. 29-31 events.
The one thing that can’t be controlled – the weather – always is a concern. “We are hoping against bad weather,” Titterington said.
British folk rock band Mumford and Sons will highlight the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival to feature 12 bands Friday and Saturday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Activities for what Titterington termed a “conservative” estimate of 10,000 to 15,000 visitors Thursday and 40,000 participants Friday and Saturday will be centered downtown and across the Great Miami River in the areas around the stadium.
Professional production companies including Jam Productions are organizing the events with help locally from the city and the Troy Main Street downtown organization.
Titterington emphasized the cost of the weekend for services such as trash collection, recycling program, added personnel from police and medical workers, and temporary help with an array of tasks is being paid for by the concert tour, not taxpayers.
Campers will start arriving around noon Aug. 29 with the first entertainment kicking off downtown around 4 p.m. followed by activities Aug. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Tasks have ranged from arranging for 10,000 volunteer man hours, working with local businesses on arranging for entertainment outside to finding parking within reasonable distance for downtown business employees and volunteers.
Main Street’s Karin Manovich and Stan Kegley of the city met earlier this month with the county commissioners, getting permission to use county parking lots downtown.
“I commend you, the city of Troy for the work you all are doing,” county Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien, who has helped organize large events such as presidential visits to the county, said. “Thank you … It is going to be a great event for the county.”
Information on the Gentlemen of the Road event including a question and answer is available at www.troymainstreet.org.