Hempfest To Move Up River

Hempfest To Move Up River
Posted by CN Staff on July 03, 2004 at 12:02:04 PT
By Jim Murez, The Register-Guard
Source: Register-Guard
The Emerald Empire Hempfest has dropped its appeal against the city of Eugene's denial for this year's event, but organizers said the festival will instead be held elsewhere.The city's parks department had earlier rejected the group's request to use Washington Jefferson Street Park for the second edition of the festival after Eugene police raised concerns about illegal drug use at the group's 2003 event, although officers made no arrests then.
According to Dan Koozer, the event's coordinator, organizers decided to drop their appeal because of time, as well as costs and restrictions required by the city that he said were prohibitive."We could have gotten around to all problems if we had more time, but we simply ran out of time," Koozer said. He said the city also rejected the group's plan to have a beer garden at the festival, which would have cut into revenue."On one hand, I feel bad about leaving, I feel like we're letting them win," Koozer said, but losing the revenue of the beer garden and increased costs of security were too much to overcome.Koozer said the Hempfest will be held its originally scheduled dates, July 17-18, at Bittersweet Campground, on Highway 126 at milepost 42, east of Blue River. He said he planned to hold the event in Eugene next year.Before the city denied the permit, Koozer said, the festival's poster depicted a phoenix rising from the ashes."It's so incredible, we had none of these problems (before)," Koozer said. "Now the poster is so apropos."Source: Register-Guard, The (OR)Author:  Jim Murez, The Register-GuardPublished: July 3, 2004Copyright: 2004 The Register-GuardContact: rgletters guardnet.comWebsite: Article & Web Site:CannabisNews Hemp Links of Permit Hampers Hemp Festival -- Hemp Archives 
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