Rodeo grounds the wrong site for show

I had the displeasure of attending this year’s Classic Rock Festival in Darrington. It was a big disappointment, to say the least. I have attended for the last three years when it was located at the White Horse Amphitheater. I have heard various conflicting stories as to why it was moved to the rodeo grounds, but I do not believe that this venue is set up to hold the capacity that it saw during the festival.

It appeared to me that the promoter had no clue how to put on an event of this caliber. Perhaps wanting to pocket huge profits from this event, he promised big name bands, which were mysteriously canceled. In addition, they did not have adequate sanitation facilities – there was no running warm water and no one seemed to empty the garbage cans or the portable toilets, which began spilling into the public walkways.

The health department should not have given a permit for this event. Hundreds of people camped at the site for four days with no toilet facilities and no garbage pick-up. This place seemed like a small version of Woodstock and we all know what went wrong there.

Lynne Smith


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