Archive for Monday, November 3, 2008

Jefferson County says no to Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival

Event may leave Lawrence area altogether

November 3, 2008

Plans to move the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival from Clinton Lake to Jefferson County were rejected Monday morning, creating questions of whether the festival would remain in the Lawrence area at all.

Jefferson County commissioners unanimously rejected a proposal to move the three-day camping and music festival to the Circle S Ranch, which is about 12 miles north of Lawrence.

In voting no, commissioners cited concerns about roads and other infrastructure in the area, in addition to strong opposition from residents who live near the site.

Festival promoter Brett Mosiman said he still plans to have a summer music festival, but said it is now more likely that he’ll move the event out of the Lawrence area.

He said returning the festival to Clinton State Park — its home for the last five years — was not likely, and he said he was “not optimistic” about finding another area location for the event.

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