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Wasco County to hear festival permit

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is holding a hearing May 1 at 2 p.m. in the PUD meeting room, 2345 River Rd., to gather public comment on a mass gathering permit application.

The application has been submitted by Peter Clark on behalf of What the Festival, a music and arts festival expected to draw as many as 5,000 people. Last year the festival had its inaugural year in the Tygh Valley area; this year organizers plan to hold it on Wolf Run Ranch, about 10 miles west of Dufur.

The festival is planned for July 25-28.

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dallesnews2 11 months, 2 weeks ago

A question that continues to perplex me is why people insist on coming where they are not wanted. The only answer I have deduced is that they don't care, and consider their interests above those they impact. I am referring to the arts and music festival proposed to bringing as many as 5000 people to a rural farm, ten miles outside Dufur in late July of this year.

People visit rural communities where the pace of life and environment are quite different from the metropolitan areas they come from, they buy their little bit of heaven, then immediately want to change it.

Dufur is not Portland, or even for that matter The Dalles. If we were to move to Portland, would we try to build a barn, hay our yards and graze our cattle? Not likely, but by the same measure, our rural agricultural community is not the appropriate place for a Woodstock.

The proposed festival not only does not fit the community, unlike the Dufur Threshing Bee or The Dalles Rodeo. It will bring nothing to the community except enormous amounts of traffic on a rural road, noise that will carry for miles, the risk of fire at the height of the season and turmoil to an area that receives NO benefit from the activity.

Having survived the Rajneeshees in exactly the same area in the 1980's, this activity is just as incompatible.

The Wasco County Commissioners should reject the Festival's permit application at this location, and assist them in finding a more appropriate site in the Gorge if they feel it is of an economic benefit to the County.

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