Expanded food options, safety plan ready for Abbey Road on the River

By RACHAEL KRAUSE | WAVE 3 News

The world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival is just two weeks away. Music fans from all over the world and right here in Derby City will take over downtown Jeffersonville for the five-day music event.

This year, the festival has a few new things in store. In the 15 days before the start of the festival, planning for Abbey Road on the River is in full swing.

“So we are ramping up, getting all our prep work done,” Melissa Brumm, Creative Director for Abbey Road on the River, said.

Students from School of Rock Louisville will perform and world renowned harpist and Jeffersonville resident Erin Hill will hit the stage.

And, they’ll have more food options. You can now find vegan, gluten-free and locally made options right inside Big Four Station Park.

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“Before, we never had food trucks here,” Brumm said. “But this year we have a lot of local food — Orange Clover is one of them, 502 Cafe, All Thai’d Up.”

Keeping an eye on the thousands of festival-goers will be easy for Jeffersonville Fire inside their new mobile command unit.

Jeffersonville Fire mobile command unit
The festival will be the mobile command center’s first deployment. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

“Back here will be our rehab area for our firefighters, after we have incidents, our guys can come in here,” Shawn Grant, Deputy Chief of the Jeffersonville Fire Department, explained.

With generators for power and a roof-top observation deck, it’s perfect for big events like Abbey Road or Thunder Over Louisville. Mostly, it will be used when fighting fires in extreme heat or cold, giving firefighters and families impacted a chance to get away from the fire.

“If we have a displaced family, rather than them be out standing on the curb waiting or sitting in their cars, we can bring them in here and they can stay warm,” Grant said.

Abbey Road on the River will be the mobile command center’s first deployment.

“We’re real proud of it and we’re looking forward to getting it in operation in the next week or two,” Grant said.

Whether you’ve been coming for years or it’s your first time to Abbey Road, Brumm said they’ve got a lot of fun, food and good music in store for people Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s going to be even bigger and better than previous years,” Brumm said.

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