Three-day Hempfest in Aroostook County lacks proper permits

September 5th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

STOCKHOLM, Maine — A pristine site in Stockholm that overlooks Madawaska Lake is set to be the site of a three-day music and camping festival this month that will seek to demonstrate how vital hemp can be to Maine’s economy.

An official with the town of Stockholm, however, said Thursday that the fete might not happen, as the proper permits have not been secured to conduct the event.

Music Mountain Hempfest is scheduled to take place Sept. 19-21 at 146 West Road in Stockholm, according to Mark Ward, founder of Local Noise Entertainment and promoter for Hempfest. The event also is being brought to the area and promoted by Independent Promotions Productions, Indie Scene Radio and Indie Mayhem.
The event will mimic a modern version of Woodstock — the famous music festival held on a farm in the Catskills of New York in 1969 — and has a variety of sponsors, Ward said Wednesday. The site overlooks Madawaska Lake and the St. John Valley. It will include 30 bands and three days of activities, including dancing, camping, a Miss Music Mountain modeling contest and various vendors.

But all of those plans could be on hold as the town released a statement on Wednesday saying “no permits had been applied for or approved” for the event. Town officials said that the host would need a special amusement permit from the town, as well as a fire permit for the campsites.

Ward said Thursday that the

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