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Bye-bye, SmileFest

I had a great time at SmileFest last weekend, but it looks like it's not coming back next year. At least not at the same location. I guess they might try to find a new venue, but it will probably have to be out of state if they want to avoid the problems they cited as reasons for not coming back next year.


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Jul. 29th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like he didn't know what questions to ask. Maybe the police there didn't like him, his kin, the festival or whatever, but he's not denying that the illegal acts occurred, so claiming it's the authorities' fault doesn't work for me. You mentioned a lot of pre-festival discussion on how to conduct illegal activities. If that happened on a festival-sponsored chat facility, then, well, if it had been me moderating, there would have been a swift and painful death to such threads. "They knew we were doing it," is just begging for the conclusion, "so they arrested our sorry asses.".

All that being said, it's a shame that something more amicable (and law-abiding) can't be worked out. Did sound like a great time of music intake.
Jul. 30th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
So sad. Van Hoy Family Farms was a great place. Awesome layout, and so close. Ah, well. :(

[Stupid people and their illegal activities. Grumble, grumble.]
Jul. 30th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ummm, I just read this article today... Did this thing take place in Statesville?!?
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
In Union Grove or Harmony -- just a stone(r)'s throw north of Statesville on I-77.
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that after I left the comment :)

I grew up in Statesville, and was there this past weekend, and was wondering how I'd missed all that going on :)
Jul. 30th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
Probably because it's pretty self-contained to the Van Hoy Campgrounds for the entire weekend. I was extremely surprised that there weren't any traffic back-ups near the campground or anything.
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