Friday, February 22, 2013

Ketchum grants MASSV support

Council, businesses: City needs new generation


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

The second annual MASSV music festival will receive less money than last year from Ketchum and will be in a more tucked-away part of the city. However, barring some concerns over the event’s trial run, City Council members have voted unanimously to support it financially, and some city business owners say it’s desperately needed to introduce a new generation to an aging population.

The council voted 3-0 Tuesday to give $10,000 directly and just under $5,000 in in-kind city services, including law enforcement and emergency services support, to this year’s Music and Sound Showcase Sun Valley. That’s about $2,000 less than the city gave the event last year.

The council also voted to extend the curfew for those under 18 to 2 a.m. on July 5-6, when the event will take place. 

At the meeting, Brent Russell, the event’s producer, said that based on calculations by nonprofit organization Sustain Blaine, last year’s MASSV event brought about $1.7 million into the county.

Russell said this year’s event will be located entirely at River Run. He said that location will be better as it is more isolated from downtown Ketchum and will also allow for attendees to camp next to the event. He also said the event will be family friendly and that he would like it to be nonsmoking.

“I’m here to support it,” said Grumpy’s and Silver Dollar Saloon owner Pete Prekeges.

In response to public comment at the meeting that the city desperately needs to introduce a new, younger generation, Prekeges said, “As the saying now goes, we’re four funerals from an empty mountain.”


Brennan Rego: brego@mtexpress.com

 

 

 




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