Jefferson music fest outrages neighbors

Jefferson music fest outrages neighbors

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by Katherine Cook

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Posted on July 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 9:31 AM

JEFFERSON, Ore. -- Neighbors on Jefferson-Marion Road spent the weekend complaining of techno music and a constant, thumping bass line blaring from the "Splash Bash 2" music festival in Jefferson.

The weekend event described by attendees as a rave, was produced by DPO Productions and held on privately-owned Marion County farmland.

“It rattles the whole house,” said neighbor Jenni Hastings.

“My husband had no sleep last night,” Cherryl Pardoel added.

“(Organizers) have been warned as of last night,” said Marion County Sheriffs Deputy Tom Barber. “They haven't gotten the proper permits for such an event and mass gathering.”

Cory Baker owns the property. He said DPO Productions asked him if they could rent his land for the music festival, after plans to use a previous site fell through.

“I told them I didn't want to charge them to use the facility,” said Baker. "I said I’d let them use it so long as they donated money to two local charities: The Jefferson Community Center and Safe Families Foundation.”

Hastings said what upsets her the most about the festival has nothing to do with money.

“People are drinking, and there are drugs,” she said.

Baker didn’t dispute Hasting’s concerns, but added one of his own, regarding festival attendees.

“If they're going to do drugs, they're going to do it somewhere,” Baker said. “If you can't beat it, at least you have to have a safe place.”

The festival was scheduled to run through Sunday.

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