The best news I’ve read all month – the 20th Annual Seattle Hempfest is a GO! My third weekend of August is once again booked. See you there!
(The Slog) The Seattle Hempfest, our annual weed ho-down and baseball cap fair, will go on this summer as organizers hoped, despite the city’s announcement earlier this year that it would be canceled to accommodate a waterfront construction project. Even better, according to an announcement from organizers, the multi-stage rally will expand from a two-day show to a three-day run on August 19-21.
The city reversed its opposition to the event after finding it could delay building a railroad overpass at West Thomas Street without increasing construction costs, the mayor’s office reports.
By consuming a massive footprint in Myrtle Edwards Park throughout the summer, the construction threatened to displace Hempfest. Event organizers in limbo, they sued the city, saying the festival lacked an alternative venue (Magnuson Park presented complications with access through a residential neighborhood; Seattle Center is booked until 2013). However, event organizers and the cityentered into a stipulation last month that provided they would wait for three bidders to submit construction estimates by March 13. One of those bidders said it could adjust its schedule to accommodate Hempfest at a cost of only $1 to the city.
Seattle Hempfest is the largest pot event on earth.