by: Tom Regan Updated:
CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, Ga. - Tomorrow World, one of the world's largest music festivals, is expected to draw more than 150,000 fans when it takes place in rural south Fulton County the final weekend of September.
A land owner near Chattahoochee Hills has leased several hundred acres for the event, which features elaborate stages, a village and a campground of 30,000 festival goers.
The three day lineup includes the top artists and DJs in electronic dance music.
"It will be a challenge, but we will have our officers and officers from surrounding agencies here," said Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief Matt Rook.
Rook told Channel 2's Tom Regan that he and other city officials have been meeting with event organizers to make traffic and public safety contingency plans.
Although shuttle bus service will be available, the police chief anticipates thousands of vehicles will pass in and around the small city on the festival weekend.
Fulton County police will provide the largest number of officers for the event.
"It's a learning experience for all of us," Rook said.
Rook said event organizers will have 750 security officers on the site and have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use.
Fire officials are planning to have extra paramedics and first responders on duty to handle any road emergencies.
"We are going to gear up for additional wrecks with all the people coming in," said Chattahoochee Hills Fire Chief Ronnie Lyle.
Regan spoke with a clerk at the general store in Chattahoochee Hills, which has a population of less than 2,500 residents.
"It's exciting. Most concerns I have heard is about traffic. Traffic is going to slow a lot of people's days down. Hopefully we will get a lot of business in the store," said clerk Alex Smith
The festival runs from Sept. 27-29.