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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Hardcore Festival at Sandpoint fans have some early mornings ahead of them if they’re serious about getting prime locations.

Officials behind the signature Sandpoint concert series are warning attendees to avoid camping in Lakeview Park or lining up the night before to save a spot in line. Sandpoint Police will be keeping an eye on the area throughout the Festival to crack down on people who violate ordinances against camping in city parks or disturbing the peace.

“The hope is that there will be no problem and we won’t have to do anything,” Police Chief Corey Coon said.

The Festival at Sandpoint has a special system in place for dedicated individuals who wish to secure the best seating locations without tying up their entire day. Those who choose to line up early in the morning receive a number they can use to hold their place in line. The earliest to arrive receive the first numbers, which means they have first crack at choosing a spot for the show.

“Our line and numbering policy is designed to reward you for being early while setting you free to enjoy a summer day in our beautiful town,” Festival executive director Dyno Wahl said.

This prompted some individuals to camp out or line up the night before the show last year. However, Wahl said those actions prompted complaints from nearby residents. Neighbors reported loud, obnoxious behavior from campers in the park, while others were worried about the potential presence of alcohol in the area.

“People were drinking and partying and laughing and playing music,” said Wahl.

Those who attempt to repeat that behavior this year could find themselves with citation for violating city laws.

An ordinance prohibiting overnight camping in city parks can land an individual with an infraction and a fine of up to $100. Repeat offenders may be slapped with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $1,000. Meanwhile, individuals who disturb the peace between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. can initially be charged with an infraction warranting a fine of up to $100, while subsequent violations within a two-year period are misdemeanors with a maximum fine of $300 and/or up to six months in jail.

To avoid a citation, Festival officials recommend lining up as early as 6 a.m. to collect numbers. The first numbers will be handed out between 8-8:30 a.m., with more numbers to follow between 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

There is a strict limit of one number per person, however, that individual can then lay down a blanket for a group of four. Up to 300 numbers will be issued based on attendance, and number-holders should show up at least an hour before gates open to confirm their spot.

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4 comments:

  • Mysticman57 posted at 12:22 pm on Tue, Aug 6, 2013.

    Mysticman57 Posts: 1

    This is a little of the "Camping " subject.but does however pertain to the Festival..I have been attending festival concerts for 8 years now. I love the venue the music and the atmosphere...Sandpoint has really out done themselves in making a two week affair to end the summer with. I noticed something new last year (or maybe I just never noticed them before) though that was both funny and ridiculous at the same time. My girlfriend and I like to refer to them as "The SHHH Ladies"...I know not what the Festival promoters that thought them up were thinking. What I do know however is I cant think of any place more ridiculous or redundant to have someone holding a bright pink sign in your face that says SHHHH!!! than a rock concert. The only one that should be attended by the "SHHH Ladies" is the Symphony night..Just my opinion of course...We went to the Cake concert last Friday and while the Lead singer was speaking ,he cut loose with the F word...I suddenly had this mental image of all the "SHHH Ladies" converging on him from all directions,fingers to their lips and Pink signs at the ready..Sandpoint, you have done a wonderful job putting the Festival together and I'm sure the Logistics can be challenging and frustrating at times...Lets not ruin it by going overboard with silly rules and ridiculous pink signs...just a thought.

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 11:32 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I don't know if they allow it but it happens a lot. I see so many dogs with owners in the park and around the area, some within the concert. I also see many people having their dogs in the car which is even worse since its usually super hot.

     
  • WML posted at 2:44 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    WML Posts: 682

    I didn't know they allowed you to bring a dog or pet into the Festival grounds. That does not seem like a good idea. Why would anyone bring a dog to a concert???

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I live very close to the area where most people were camped out last year, the problem wasn't so much the individuals camping as it was unsupervised teenagers parents sent to wait in line. Most of the people. Camping were looking to get a little sleep so they could enjoy the concert. Pets tho become a larger problem at the festival as people do not properly keep their pets on leashes or clean up after them. Please clean up, it is not fun to be in your dress shoes, ready for a good time and step in dog doo. Also enjoy yourself and friends all you want but please please have a sober ride waiting. Do not let me witness you swagger to your vehicle, while verbalizing how you can't even find your vehicle and laughing about the inebriated condition you are in, then hop in your vehicle and drive off. If the cops don't get you this time, they will another time. You endanger everyone when you drink and drive. Have fun by all means but don't drink and drive.