Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival 2007

Festival ready to rock

Wakarusa kicks off 4-day event

Gavin Carson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, works on the Wakarusa sign. Crews were setting up for the Wakarusa Fest at Clinton Lake.

Gavin Carson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, works on the Wakarusa sign. Crews were setting up for the Wakarusa Fest at Clinton Lake.

June 7, 2007


Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival hits Lawrence

Thousands and thousands of people are expected to begin arriving at Clinton Lake early Thursday morning for the 4th installment of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. Enlarge video

The four-day Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, which in years past has brought thousands of people - and positive and negative attention - to the area, strikes the first chord at 8 a.m. today at Clinton Lake.

And with so many activities going on during the festival, organizers don't want participants to forget about the festival's main attraction.

"If nothing else, come out to see the music," suggested Heather Lofflin, festival spokeswoman. "Other than that, the fans that come out to our festival create a positive environment that makes it a joy to be out there."

The festival is expected to attract about 15,000 people.

Lofflin said tickets were still available Wednesday afternoon.

She also said that concertgoers can expect a kinder and more user-friendly event.

"We're more organized this year as far as getting information out to people," she said. "We're going to have more knowledgeable people (working the event)."

Aside from music, there will be no shortage of activities such as Frisbee golf, yoga, baseball batting cages and fishing.

There will also be security at the festival. As such, organizers warned concertgoers not to bring fireworks, nitrous tanks, pets or illegal substances.

They can also expect to be searched and screened at entrances.

"Exactly as they have been every single year," Lofflin said. "Of course, there will be law enforcement out there this year."

Local and statewide law enforcement agencies will be present at the concert, although authorities have said that there will not be Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle checkpoints or hidden surveillance cameras, which caused consternation among concertgoers last year.

For more information, go to www.wakarusafestival.com.


RKLOG 10 years, 9 months ago

Those whirling camera-like noises in the trees are not owls my friends.

kmat 10 years, 9 months ago

Heather is a liar and it's now been proven (I didn't need proof since I've known her since childhood, but...). Checkpoints are already set up on K-10 and I-70. I could have respect for Heather and the promotors if they would only be honest. They have lied, lied and then lied some more. They know exactly what's going on here. I'm not pro-drug, but I am against liars that are just out to make a buck while landing people in jail. Especially when these promotors do exactly what the cops are busting these people for. Hypocrits!!!

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