DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The 14th annual Celtic Festival is underway in downtown Dayton and local transportation companies know it.
This is the first for Uber in Dayton and drivers say demand is high for rides to and from the event.
Organizers say people sometimes celebrate a little too hard, so they’ve teamed up with law enforcement, and local businesses to keep everyone safe.
“We keep things under control. We try and make it a family friendly event,” organizer Shawn Kain says.
He hopes to keep it that way. Officials estimate around 80,000 people to fill up Riverscape Metropark and nearby streets throughout the three day festival.
“We have a good partnership with Five Rivers making sure that they patrol the area throughout the event and making sure that people have a good time but celebrate responsibly,” Kain says.
But when the beer and wine is going down easy for some at the festival, it often leads to unsafe choices.
“Our mission is to get you home safely and cost effectively,” Uber driver Kevin Gerrior says.
This is the first Celtic Fest for Gerrior and other Uber drivers in Dayton. The service began in the Dayton area Labor Day weekend of last year. He says business has grown a lot since then.
“There’s a lot more demand and we’re bring on a lot more drivers to meet the demand,” says Gerrior.
Especially for Celtic Fest weekend.
“We’re out in full force tonight for people having too much to wobbly pops to drink,” Gerrior says.
According to Gerrior, since Uber started nearly a year ago, people have been more comfortable to let loose downtown.
“I find more people are going down to Dayton from the suburbs because they know they can get back safely,” says Gerrior, “Passengers just want to get home from the event and you especially don’t want to be stranded in the city late at night.”
To get people home safely Celtic Fest has partnered with Uber in Dayton. Uber is offering free rides to first time users during Celtic Fest. To book a ride, download the Uber app, register and use PROMO CODE: CELTICFEST2015.