Spokannabis Fest '14: two days of weed, music, Cannabis Cup and more
Festival includes rock bands, comedians, a Wet T-Shirt Contest and plenty of vendors selling marijuana accessories and paraphernalia.
It’s being held at Chamokane Creek Pines, a rustic campground just 40 minutes northwest of Spokane, on Aug. 30-31. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $30 for one day and $50 for the entire weekend. Camping is available for an additional fee.
Packages costing $300-1,750 are available to vendors who would like to lease space for the weekend.
“This is going to be a unique event, even for a weed festival,” said Michael Antler, who is organizing the event. “We’re going to have big-name bands, comedians and contests.
“There will be plenty of vendors selling marijuana accessories and paraphernalia, and lots of food vendors, too. You can camp out under the stars and smoke all weekend. It’s a great time.”
Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the event; it cannot be brought in or purchased. Also, there will be no marijuana sales at the event. Per Washington state law, attendees are permitted to bring and consume pot at the festival.
Saturday’s events include rock music, a Wet T-Shirt Contest and a K-Y Jelly Wrestling Competition. For both competitions, there is a $1,000 first prize.
Sunday kicks off with a big-name rock band at 11 a.m., followed by the Spokannabis Fest Cannabis Cup. Celebrity judges vote on the best types of cannabis at the festival as selected by the audience via Twitter. First prize is $10,000 and the entry fee is $250, which will go up on June 1.
There’s more live music at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a comedian at 9 p.m. See the event website for the complete schedule.
An undertaking of this kind requires rental fees, security, portable laboratories and ATMs, not to mention prize money and payment for the performers. Antler is estimating the final tab to be around $200,000 and he has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds.
Festival supporters can visit the Indiegogo site and back the event by prepaying for tickets, camping passes and special VIP packages.
“We need some help to get this event off the ground,” said Antler, “but it will be well worth it. I don’t think anyone will go home disappointed.”
For further information, visit the Indiegogo project or the event website. Antler can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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