500 smoke out some fun at Hempstock in Harmony

August 20th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

August 20

500 attendees smoke out some fun at Hempstock in Harmony

By Ben McCanna bmccanna@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

HARMONY — Attendance was light, but the party rolled on.

Kendall Emerton, left, and Jordan Rousse dance with hoops to live music during the Hempstock Fest in Harmony on Sunday. Organizer Don Christen said the 22nd festival of camping and music draws people interested in ending prohibition of marijuana. “The festival went well this year, though attendance was down from previous years,” Christen said.

Staff photo by David Leaming

Between Thursday and Sunday, about 500 people camped on a grassy field for the 22nd annual Hempstock, a four-day festival of peace, love, music — and hemp.

Event organizer Don Christen said the goal of the annual party is simple.

“We want to legalize marijuana, period,” he said. “People who smoke marijuana are not criminals. The perception of marijuana is distorted.”

For the past four years, Christen has hosted the festival on his Carson Hill Road property, called Freedom Field. Originally, the event had been held on a farm in Starks, but the landowner started his own annual pot party and cut Christen out, he said. Since then, attendance at Christen’s event has slipped.

Christen charged campers $25 per day or $60 for the weekend, which will allow the festival to break even with operational expenses this year. In better years, strong ticket sales helped Christen do more.

“Until attendance picks up, that’s about all we can

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