The first act hasn’t even taken the stage at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., that starts today (June 10) and runs through Sunday, but the economic impact from the festival is already being felt miles away in Rutherford County, according to television station WSMV, Nashville.
RV Service and Sales in LaVergne boasts about services being its main business. But this week, RV rentals are pulling up the rear.
“We rent from California, New York, we had MTV, we’ve had everybody from all over the country renting,” said owner Dawn Thurley.
RV Service and Sales is all out of rentals now. Since the music fest started, the business has come to rely on those rental dollars.
The owners said this is like retailers’ ”Black Friday” after Thanksgiving and that their bottom line depends on Bonnaroo RV rentals.
“Bonnaroo is a huge economic benefit for us here; it makes our year,” said Thurley. “It books every year. It’s something that we can count on and depend on.”
RV Service and Sales isn’t alone. Candy’s Campers in Murfreesboro also can’t wait for the Bonnaroo weekend. Candy’s mainly rents travel trailers and campers from the Murfreesboro location and another store in Scottsville, Ky.
“Our business has been so impacted by it that for the last three years, we’ve only taken repeat customers,” said the Candy’s Campers owner.
At a time when many mid-state RV and camper businesses are feeling the pinch, some have even closed because of the tough economy. A music festival is helping to keep the Rutherford County businesses in business.
A&L RV Sales in Christiana just started its rental division. The management said if it had 60 rental units, it could have rented them all to Bonnaroo-goers.