MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Walking the 700 acres that make up the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is all that most people need to understand how big the festival site is, but the iconic Ferris wheel offers a different perspective.

It's on the edges of Centeroo, the festival's main area of activity and general camping, where most of the 80,000 ticket buyers are camped. Riders get a bird's-eye view of just how deep into the Tennessee farmland the tents, campers and RVs go.

"It's massive," said Al Eckford, 49.

Eckford and his wife, Sally, 47, were taking their first spin on the ride. This is his third festival and her first. He brought his teenage daughters the last two years, but now that they are older they are camping on their own with friends.

"I'm enjoying it," Sally Eckford said. "I'm not into crowds, but I like it."

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