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#1454286 - 07/16/14 01:22 PM It's Grassroots Fest time!
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GrassRoots Festival to draw 10,000 to Trumansburg
Businesses, students among those benefiting from concert


Ithaca Journal
Written by
Kitty Hall-Thurnheer

July 15, 2014


TRUMANSBURG — In a light drizzle Tuesday morning, the Village of Trumansburg prepared for this weekend’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance.

Not My Dad’s Ice Cream in Trumansburg had so much ice cream on order for the festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, that some of it is stored in the overflow coolers at Purity Ice Cream.

Tom Ferretti owns the ice cream shop, located on East Main Street, and also sells ice cream inside the gates at GrassRoots. He expects to sell about 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of ice cream at the festival. But it’s a lot of investment and work, he said. He purchased all the ice cream in advance, paid his vendor fees, and hired about nine extra people to help man his booth.

“Basically I have $5,000 invested before we scoop any ice cream.” Ferretti said.

He’s been in business since 1991 and said GrassRoots is good for the community. It brings in business all around Trumansburg, Ferretti said, noting that all the nearby campgrounds are full.

About 10,000 tickets are sold annually to the festival, said Megan Romer, marketing director for GrassRoots. She estimated there are usually between 5,000 and 6,000 people in the festival at any given time, with about 10,000 people attending Saturday night. Everything is contingent upon the weather, Romer pointed out. “If it rains, it can be half.”

On the lawn beside ShurSave market, several teachers, staff and parents were putting up orange fencing Tuesday morning as they turned the lawn into a parking lot. Scott Miller, dean of students for the middle school, said ShurSave donates the field every year to the incoming eighth grade class. Students sell parking spots to help fund their Washington, D.C., class trip in May. Miller said the parking space sales are instrumental in funding the trip, raising between $12,000 and $15,000.

“The money we make from the parking goes directly into our funds to pay for not only bus fare down there, but transportation while we’re there, as well as hospitality, tour guide services and any tours we go on,” Miller said. “We get a lot of help from parents and from the community to put this all together. It is a very long process.”

With a large crowd anticipated, the weekend will be a busy one for police, too.

The New York State Police have assigned troopers to monitor the front gate and outside perimeter of GrassRoots. Sgt. Michael Soroka said they’ve been doing this so long that it doesn’t even feel like preparation anymore. The troopers assist with the traffic and help people safely cross the roads during the festival. Sgt. Soroka said GrassRoots hires a private security company for GrassRoots to monitor inside the gates.

“We very commonly see drug offenses or trespassers — people who jump the gate without paying,” Sgt. Soroka said. Once they are found, they are turned over to state police for processing.

Inside the gates, Kenny Broadwell, of Ithaca, and his crew with Broadwell Electric and Contracting, handle the electrical needs for the festival.

Broadwell installed an extra 100 amp breaker to handle the two tractor trailer walk-in coolers for the Ithaca Bakery.

“It’s like juggling electrical loads in here, because there are six 200 amp services, which seems like a lot of electricity,” Broadwell said. “But it’s hard to have them all equally loaded.”

This year the festival will offer a pre-GrassRoots concert Wednesday night. The gates open at 7:15 p.m. with an opening concert at 8 p.m. by Jeb and Tara from Donna the Buffalo, followed by Keller Williams with the Travelin' McCourys.

Food, soft drinks, and adult beverages will be available for sale. No coolers will be allowed. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed only through the front and back gates, with paid parking available next door at the Falls Tavern. No camping will be permitted onsite Wednesday night.

Gates for the GrassRoots festival will open at noon on Thursday.

The National Weather Service predicts partly cloudy conditions for the weekend, but it’s a rare festival when it doesn’t get one good downpour.

“Hopefully it doesn’t rain,” Ferretti said. “If it does, it won’t be good.”


If You Go:
• The festival is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday and run into the early hours of the following mornings.
• Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $25 for Wednesday, $50 for Thursday and Friday, $55 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday. A package of Thursday through Sunday tickets is $130.



For more information, visit:
http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/
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#1454448 - 07/18/14 08:36 AM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Teonan]
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Music lovers stake their ground at GrassRoots Festival

Ithaca Journal
Kitty Hall-Thurnheer, Staff writer

July 17, 2014



(Photo: SIMON WHEELER / STAFF PHOTO )


TRUMANSBURG – The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance opened the gates at noon Thursday to a cheering and whooping crowd that had formed a line several hundred feet long.

People ran from the front gate to claim their favorite spot while cars and vans and campers drove through the rear entrance. People carried backpacks and pulled wagons loaded with coolers and tents and sleeping bags and lawn chairs.

A few people beat the crowd by racing across the fairgrounds on bicycles. One woman carried a pole holding a ball with little spirals extending out of it, perhaps to stake out her spot.

At 12:03 p.m., three minutes after opening the gates, security already had someone they were escorting from the fairgrounds for trespassing. Tim Finnan, of Pittsboro, North Carolina, who heads up the GrassRoots staff security, said this was one of two guys notorious for sneaking in every year.

"They get really drunk and harass everyone," Finnan said. "They were harassing people in line." Last year this individual was kicked out about 12 times, Finnan said.

Organizers anticipate 10,000 people will attend the festival over the course of the weekend. In order to be first in line, Marge Wolff, who lives only a mile away in Trumansburg, arrived at 9:45 a.m.

"There's one spot we like to stay in, that's right on the corner of the dance tent, so we put up a little canopy and it's there for the whole weekend." said Wolf, who attends the festival with her husband. "We learned many years ago that we might as well come because the music and everything going on."

This is Wolff's 12th year attending the festival.

The festival brings plenty of locals, but many people travel in to meet friends.

Shawn Fowler and fiancé, Brittany McDonald, are visiting from Portland, Oregon. Fowler grew up in Trumansburg and moved away 12 years ago. He and McDonald are visiting his children, Liam, 5, and Clyde, 8, who live in Trumansburg.

"If I'm going to come back and visit during the summer, I might as well time it out for this," Fowler said. "It's very nostalgic for me to be here."

Anna Gonzales, 19, flew in from Denver, Colorado, to meet a friend she met at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Every summer Frances Vaeth, 77, of Lakeland, Florida, flies up to visit her son in Rochester. She coordinates the timing to attend GrassRoots.

"I've been in Florida for seven years, but I always come back for this. I never miss it. I love it!" Vaeth said.

She is camping in a tent next to her son's old ambulance that he bought to sleep in during the festival.

"We're a big group here. We've got 14 vans. This is all us," Vaeth said, pointing to a circle of vehicles. Her son bought her a ticket to the festival about 15 years ago and she's been coming ever since.

Reading the directions to his newly-purchased tent, Brandon Paul, 24, of Newark, New York, said he came to the festival with family but planned to meet friends later.

"I've already met a few people and I've only been here about 20 minutes. So that's always fun," Paul said.

He attended GrassRoots for the first time last year and decided to return. "It was the only festival I hadn't been to in the area and it exceeded my expectations," he said.

The weather threatened rain Thursday afternoon with occasional light showers, but preparing for a variety of weather conditions is nothing new for regular festival goers.

Atop a fully-packed van, Jackie Kinsley, of Johnson City, had a canoe strapped down on roof racks.

Her son Jake said: "We use the canoe for ventilation."

He explained they hook a tarp over the canoe and out to stakes. The air blows in below the canoe, through the roof racks, and creates a breeze.

Kinsley and her three children, Jake, 17; Nichole, 15; and Jimmy, 12, visit every year to GrassRoots for their vacation. Kinsley said she likes the music, the fun and getting in touch with friends and family.


http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/07/17/grassroots-music-festival/12802755/
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#1454521 - 07/18/14 07:51 PM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Teonan]
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Oooh, FUN!
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#1454599 - 07/19/14 08:05 PM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Teonan]
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It's pretty funny: they banned coolers, glass bottles and uncovered alcohol containers because they want a "family friendly" atmosphere, but there's people openly smoking enough grass to make Cheech and Chong blush.

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#1454624 - 07/20/14 08:00 AM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Blue_man]
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Nothing strange there; cannabis doesn't cause crude people to yell "f***" with every other sentence, as alcohol often does. It also doesn't cause people to fight or become belligerant, or otherwise create unpleasant situations which people don't want to see or potentially become drawn into, or have their children see.
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#1454640 - 07/20/14 10:10 AM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: VM Smith]
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Originally Posted By: VM Smith
Nothing strange there; cannabis doesn't cause crude people to yell "f***" with every other sentence, as alcohol often does. It also doesn't cause people to fight or become belligerant, or otherwise create unpleasant situations which people don't want to see or potentially become drawn into, or have their children see.


They allow alcohol at grassroots, including hard liquor. They just don't allow it in uncovered or glass containers. So there is nothing stopping the behavior you describe.

The theory at grassroots is to not let people see the uncovered containers because, somehow, seeing a beer can label or vodka logo is somehow less 'family friendly' than seeing a joint.

Even if you support marijuana legalization the incongruity is there.

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#1454659 - 07/20/14 05:35 PM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Sam the Sham]
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Now that you explain it, I agree that it's nutty thinking. While being a drunk isn't a good thing, drinking in moderation isn't a bad thing, and implying, with those rules, that it's something shameful, to be hidden, is Puritanical idiocy, entirely consistent with the standard Socialist Republic of Tompkins micro-managing control freakism. I think I'll go buy a 12 pack to celebrate escaping the place. Yes...the old Sunday blue law is no more, in Greeneville, anyway.
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#1454747 - 07/21/14 02:58 PM Re: It's Grassroots Fest time! [Re: Teonan]
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A mild, safer year at GrassRoots in Finger Lakes


Ithaca Journal
Shawnee A. Barnes

July 20, 2014


TRUMANSBURG – The four-day Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance this year, which drew to a close Sunday night, may go down in the history books as being the most mild.

That's according to security personnel, emergency responders and festival goers alike.

"There were way fewer problems this year," said Jon McNamara, who as co-head of security for the festival oversees the safety of over 10,000 festival attendees.

McNamara attributes this to the good weather — there were no heat-related injuries as in previous years — and a change in the festival's alcohol policy.

This year, glass bottles were banned and the amount of alcohol people could bring in was regulated.

"That had a tremendous impact on the entire vibe of the festival this year," said McNamara, of Owego. Although there may not have been less alcohol coming in, he said, there was less alcohol abuse.

"We try very hard to keep the festival family-friendly," he said, adding that illicit drug use, disorderly conduct or public drunkenness are not tolerated. "We want to make sure things are more wholesome and on the up-and-up."

On the opening day of the festival, several arrests were made, including two men for attempting to sell drugs to festival goers, according to Trumansburg police.

Fewer medical needs

At the festival's medical tent Sunday afternoon, bee stings and foot blisters topped the log sheet, said Kevin Romer, of Trumansburg, EMS coordinator for the festival.

"This was certainly one of the easiest festivals we've done," said Romer who has worked for the festival since it began 24 years ago.

He also attributed the low-key atmosphere to the mild temperatures during the day, cooler nights and the ban on glass bottles.

"Without the glass bottles, the incidents of cut feet went down significantly," he said.

"The push to have (the festival) be more family-friendly has really helped. Good security helps and being less tolerant of nonsense helps."

Emily Farver, an Ithaca native who came back for the festival from where she lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., said she noticed a change this year as well.

"The festival was definitely more mellow," she said. Farver, 24, has been attending the festival since she was a child and meets her close friends there each year, including Carla Devenpeck, of Ithaca, also 24.

"We've been coming here for 20 years," she said. "What's awesome about GrassRoots is that if you've grown up here, it's your whole family here."

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/...sburg/12920721/
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