PAULINA, OR -- The LRS music festival, which was set for July of 2018, has been canceled, and event producers say it's the government's fault.
Tammy Van Vleet is the producer of the Lazy Rockin' Stirrups Music Festival, which is also the name of the ranch in Crook County where the LRS Fest is held.
Van Vleet says last year was the first year for the festival, and they were excited to do it again. "We had submitted for the mass gathering permit in July for Crook County, and when we met with them in September, we were told that our permit at that time was not being considered because they were rewriting their Mass Gathering Permit guidelines, and that process has continued to stall and stall and we've just lost our marketing and our talent booking window to continue for this year. Very disappointing."
Van Vleet is hoping that the LRS Fest can be held at the ranch in Paulina next year, provided Crook County's new guidelines make that possible. "It's just sad to see that things, bureaucratically, can stop small business from moving forward. We were looking forward to really great momentum, we had so many people excited to come, and we were really hopeful that we would springboard from the success we had last year right into a great second year, and this has really stopped it in its tracks."
Van Vleet says they are already looking ahead to next year's LRS Fest, and hopeful that it will be even bigger and better than last year's.