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Do you think the Wakarusa Festival will go more smoothly this year than last year?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 30, 2007

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“I hope they take it easy with the busts and surveillance. Obviously they need to make sure people are safe, but leave them alone and let them have their fun. That’s what the festival’s all about.”

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“I hope that it will. I think it will go more smoothly, and I think it will be a really fun time.”

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“I think it will be exactly the same. No matter what they do, kids are going to find a way to get drugs in because that’s just a part of the festival. People will still get caught, but they’ll just be a fraction of the drug users and sellers.”

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“Yes, because it couldn’t get any worse. I think a lot of the trouble makers will be scared away by what happened last year.”


alm77 11 years, 2 months ago

I don't know if it will go more smoothly, but I'm not going either way.

Crossfire 11 years, 2 months ago

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is headlining. How could it get any smooooother?

acg 11 years, 2 months ago

LOL consumer. I don't think Wak Fest is going to be as popular this year as it has in the past few years. No one wants to try to party with a bunch of narcs and cops around. That's just a buzz kill.

thare 11 years, 2 months ago

Big bands? What happened to Wilco and the Flaming Lips? Waka isn't the amazing festival everyone around here seems to think it is. All the other big hippie-slanted shows can get bands like My Morning Jacket...last year the big one in Manchester, Tenn. (I forget its name) had RADIOHEAD! Seriously this festival is barely on the map and drugs are probably the only way to make it interesting.

Crossfire 11 years, 2 months ago

...roach toking commies?... Tell us how you really feel. ........quiet disrespect.........

beatrice 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm picturing the riot squad scene from Soylent Green with people being scooped up by bulldozers at random, so I guess my response must be no, it won't go more smoothly.

big_blue 11 years, 2 months ago

the sheriff's dept and k.b.i. tried their best to squash the festival last year. all that surveillance and car searching (and disruption of law abiding citizens) for just a handful of arrests.

barney fife would've been proud!

given their doublespeak and antics since last year's mess, i expect they'll somehow top themselves this year.

nevertheless, wakarusa organizers will ONCE AGAIN put up with all of that law-enforcementy-nonsense to deliver a great festival experience.

waka waka!

ps: no one reads these comments

ksmom 11 years, 2 months ago

I won't be attending one anytime soon. Went to the first two. Took my kids to the second one for some "quality family fun." What a huge mistake! I spent the first day chasing drug pushers out of our camp site! At the time, my boys were 12 and 10 years old! One of them was asking my kids if they wanted to buy some (forget what he called it). Turns out, the guy informed me it was "Chrystal Meth" in it's purist form! At that point, I became a raging bear! The druggie said to me: "Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, if you don't want drugs around yeeeeeeeer kid, yaaa shouldn't bringem here!" With that, I said: "DUUUUUUUUDE, if you don't want your ass kicked, stay the (explicative) away from my kids!" With that, he slithered off into the night. I immediately called a family friend and had them come to pick up my kids. We couldn't get out of our camp site because we were surrounded by campers. No way in, no way out! lol As we were walking to meet our friend, I instructed the boys not to accept ANYTHING from ANYONE! Sure enough, some druggie tried to sell my kids some "Goo Goo Brownies." What the faaaaaaaa? To that, I say let the LPD and whatever law enforcement do their job. I'd gladly pay them extra just to keep the idots away.

badger 11 years, 2 months ago

Y'know, if ya wanna go to the music festival and get a little happy while you listen to the music, I'm cool with that. You and your buddies want to pool some funds for a communal stash, and head off to a secluded area for a private smoke, you're not driving or operating heavy machinery, you're not in anyone else's space, you're not exposing people to the smoke against their will, it's all good in my book. I have no problem with the things consenting adults do together, be they sexual or drug-related.

But when you start pushing drugs on strangers who may not want them, exposing people (who might have jobs that do random drug testing, or who simply might not want those chemicals in their bodies) to your drugs, pressuring kids, and telling people that they shouldn't come to a public place if they don't want to be exposed to your habits, you've crossed a line I'm not cool with.

I run around in communities where a little pot smoking is no big deal; the smokers are respectful of other peoples' space, they keep it private and don't flaunt the fact that they're breaking the law. 'Not being a jerk' is really a good way to keep excessive police presence out of places like music festivals.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 2 months ago

Is that coming up already? It seems like the big debate over last year's festival just happened.

Bea, thanks for the Soylent Green people scooper reference. That put a smile on my face.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 2 months ago

Bummer Bob! I remember having one in grade school, and I'm old! Do you get it a lot?

friday friDAY FRIDAY!!!!! friday friDAY FRIDAY!!!!

(Where's T?)

Jace 11 years, 2 months ago

That depends..........Will the LPD and/or the Douglas County Sheriff's Dept. have lots and lots of hidden cameras at the as to catch all of them pot deals?

Crossfire 11 years, 2 months ago

Forget the dope... Remember the girl, ten feet tall, with the giant Hula-Hoop.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 2 months ago

TOB, you sound like me and sunburns. I always forget that I burn under a 100-watt bulb and think I can be outside without sunscreen for 15 minutes. I can't! And again, I'm old - you think I would learn.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

OH MAN - is festival time almost upon us? We still have snow on the ground. But I better start getting ready for festival. Folk music festival that is. gotta get on the website to see who is coming.

badger 11 years, 2 months ago

DQ -

No one's saying hippies should be allowed to break the law, just that the money, time, and effort invested into maintaining the kind of police presence that was at WakFest last year could probably be better spent. Yeah, heading out there and busting a bunch of hippies means you can go into your year-end budget meeting and claim a whole lot of resolved drug cases, but aside from busting the people who attend with the intent of dealing, it doesn't really accomplish a whole lot outside of collecting a bunch of cash in fines and court fees, and maybe warehousing a few hippies for a few nights in the lockup.

Confrontation 11 years, 2 months ago

I don't believe that having a large drugfest is beneficial to the community. I know that not every person out there is doing drugs, but I'd bet that at least half are breaking some law. I'd love to see an increase in police at the event. If you're not doing anything illegal, then you should have no problem with that. If you can only have fun while partying with crackheads, then who cares what you prefer? We shouldn't ignore the laws just because a bunch of crappy bands are coming to town.

alm77 11 years, 2 months ago

tony88? huh? I've been there twice. I loved it. What I didn't love was finding out later that my changing clothes in my car in the dark was probably caught on tape with NIGHT VISION CAMERAS. You win the prize for ass-u-ming too much.

badger 11 years, 2 months ago

DQ -

Yeah, cause those billions of dollars we've been throwing at the War on Drugs for the last few decades are gonna pay off Any Day Now...

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

don't know, don't care. I'd rather go to Ms C's fest.

Kontum1972 11 years, 2 months ago

OVERKILL?....once they are down u pump a few more rounds into them to make sure they dont get back-up off the ground...that kind of overkill?

beatrice 11 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if those who want people busted using any means possible for smoking pot wouldn't also mind if cameras were set up on all streets to make sure nobody goes over the speed limit? If you do, you get a ticket in the mail. Does that fit into your police state views?

beatrice 11 years, 2 months ago

neo-hippies! I've never heard that -- great play on neo-cons. As the saying goes, everything old is new again.

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