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Campers Deal With Storms At Faster Horses Music Festival

BROOKLYN, Mich. (WLNS) -- Saturday morning campers woke up to blown over tents, broken canopies and flooded campsites.

"There were tents down everywhere," said camper Brea Heckaman. "Poles were sticking up. Tents were laying down, flipped upside down on top. It looked like a tornado had come through."

Brea and her husband, Chad, are camping out this weekend with their daughter and seven of her friends. They said winds picked up Friday night around midnight and storms rolled in quickly after that.

All ten campers worked hard to keep their tend from budging, which they said was not an easy feat. 

"I'm not kidding, that wind came and I thought it was going to take all of us in that tent out," said camper Chad Heckaman.

Even though the Heckaman's tent stayed on the ground, high winds swept up their awning and sent it crashing down.

"It went and it flew into the tent next to us and it was in mangled pieces everywhere," said Brea.

Saturday morning the awning wasn't much more than a mess of twisted metal, but they were able to put it back together--thanks to the help of a little duct tape.

People spent Saturday drying out their tents and air mattresses and hanging blankets to dry. They said Friday night's storms added a bit more excitement to Faster Horses.

"I wasn't upset," said Chad. "It was kind of fun, actually."

Officials said they moved a couple campers to new sites because of flooding. They said they have not received complaints. They said campers understand weather conditions are part of what comes along with an outdoor event.

"Many of them are drying out today, but it's expected when you host an event outside like this," said Michigan International Speedway Senior Director of Communications Sammie Lukaskiewicz.

Despite the scary conditions, no one was hurt.

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