By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
The 3rd Annual Oregon Hempfest will take place again in Douglas county, near Roseburg. Previously known as the Umpqua Valley Hempfest, the three-day music and information event is expected to be the best one yet—with a great music lineup and an informative “hemposium” section with speakers and panels covering topics from cultivation to legislation. The event has been officially licensed with the Seattle Hempfest® since its beginning.
Nathan Marsh, the event organizer, said, “This year we changed our name to Oregon Hempfest mainly to represent the broader state audience … The event is in the Umpqua Valley, but we advertise and promote it all across the state.”
“The Umpqua Valley represents the area where the majority of the marijuana is grown, so it’s appropriate to have it down here,” explained Marsh. “Being able to camp and have that festival environment is a popular theme in Oregon.”
One aspect sets this Hempfest apart from others associated with Seattle: It is in a rural area of Oregon—not a population center—which means camping (21 and over) and a music festival atmosphere that most others don’t have. They have a lot of music, too. Traditionally, Seattle Hempfest doesn’t pay for their music; but Oregon Hempfest does, to attract bigger bands. This year’s line-up likely will include Gonzo, from Tribal Seeds, and Travis Warren (Blind Melon). Of course, the many other bands playing will still offer an eclectic mix of music.
The cost is low. Right now it’s only $60 for all three days,which includes camping—if you get your tickets early. Day-only passes are $20 if you can’t camp, or $40 for a single day and night.
“We want to keep it affordable for people,” explained Marsh. “We are trying to strike a balance between paying for everything and keeping it so we don’t have crazy prices for people, as well … three days of music costs a lot of money.”
The event is June 23–25. They secured a new, flat location this year, which will allow easier access and camping. The address is 383 Brownback Rd in Dixonville, which is right off of Diamond Lake Hwy out of Roseburg. Daytime events are for all ages. Find out more at www.umpquahempfest.com.
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