PRINEVILLE, OR -- Organizers of a proposed summer festival face opposition from neighbors in a rural Crook County community. Ann Beier, Assistant County Planning Director, says a number of Paulina residents have expressed concerns the influx of visitors will compromise their rural lifestyle. "The main concerns are with traffic on the Paulina-Supplee Highway, which is a fairly narrow two-lane road, concerns about noise and concerns about anything that might cause wildfire."
The “Lazy Rockin’ Stirrup Music Festival” is expected to attract more than 3,000 people, the weekend of June 29. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy are slated to kick off the event.
The County Court gave preliminary approval to the "mass gathering" permit in November. Beier tells KBND News she will meet with neighbors again Tuesday afternoon and then make recommendations to Commissioners on Wednesday. "When this issue first came to the County Court in November, we had quite a few people from Paulina and it’s my sense that they’re interested enough and concerned enough about this to come again to the County Court meeting on Wednesday."
She expects the Court to continue to support the event, "What they’re wondering about, are there conditions that they could put on the festival that would address neighbors’ concerns. So, conditions like hours for amplified sound, requirements to have water on the site to make sure if there are any fires that they are controlled, requirements that there wouldn’t be fireworks, for example."
Tuesday's meeting at Paulina School begins at 1 p.m.