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Electric Forest gets township OK


GRANT TWP. – A select number of loyalty and early bird tickets went on sale, and sold-out, last Monday and Tuesday morning Jan. 6-7, but the Electric Forest music festival promoters didn’t get official approval for the four-day event in June until Tuesday evening.

And, the approval didn’t come without plenty of comments and a close vote.

The Grant Township board, split on the issue, approved granting a Mass Gathering permit, applied for by the festival’s promoter, Madison House Presents of Boulder, Colo.

A motion by Township Clerk William Wagner to approve the permit was supported by Township Supervisor Roger Schmidt and Trustee Joan Brooks. Trustees Jim Aebig and Joanne Heck opposed the motion.

It was noise from the amplified music into the late hours heard from far beyond the festival grounds at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury and the illegal behaviors, including open drug and alcohol use, which are the focus of those opposed.

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