Harefest moves to Clackamas County Fairgrounds
For its tenth annual event, the 1980s tribute band festival, Harefest, is making a big move.
Along with finally releasing the lineup, organizers announced Friday that Harefest10 is moving to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds & Event Center.
"The whole thing is miraculous, to be honest," said Harefest co-producer (along with Joan Monen) and tribute band member himself, Jason Fellman. "It's hard to even recap how it all came together…You know how people always say, 'the stars aligned?' Well, it kind of was like that. Everything just kind of came together at once."
Fellman took pause though, emphasizing that while excitement over the new venue abounds, organizers are grateful for the years spent at Pat's Acres Racing Complex in Canby.
"We almost did it there again and we will probably still do events there in the future," Fellman said. "We love Pat's Acres."
But with the new venue comes many perks for Harefest goers. Here's a quick list.
-addition of "festival within the festival" Harestock
-liquor available in general admission, pending OLCC approval (no more VIP areas)
-more RV spaces – all reserved, large spaces
-more tent camping space
-cohesive overnight experience – tents and RVs close together
-multiple ways in and out
-many picnic tables
-lighting throughout, including soft lighting in camping area
-short walking distance from camping to main lawn
"I think people are really going to be surprised at just how much the fairgrounds has to offer," Fellman said. "I think it's one of those still untapped gems for event producers. Based on what we're experiencing so far, I think people are really going to have their eyes opened to what's possible out there."
For Harefesters, perhaps a standout on the list is the lower pricing.
"The fundamental shift this year is we kind of felt like the prices were getting too high for a tribute festival," Fellman said. "But they had to because of the expenses…At some point, you have to look at that and go, okay, we have to get the price down."
So, they did.
This year, for a single day pass on Friday, the cost is $39; for single day Saturday, it's $59; a full festival pass is $89; camping pass is $35; and RV space is $99.
And those tickets come with something special – real toilets.
"I think the bathrooms are the biggest deal, to be honest," Fellman said.
It all starts on Friday, July 11 at 5 p.m. and continues into the night Saturday. There will also, like last year, be offerings during the day, which are especially enticing for overnighters. Indoor breakfast is at 9 a.m. (for a small, additional cost) with music from Fleetwood Mac tribute band "The Chain."
Then on Saturday afternoon comes Harestock, which is included in regular ticket prices. And what exactly is Harestock? Well, it's like Woodstock, but with tribute bands.
According to Fellman, the grove area of the fairgrounds will be transformed into "Hippy Hollow." There, on Saturday during the day, tribute bands will take the stage representing bands who played at Woodstock – including Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix.
"Randy Hansen, Jimi Hendrix, is like the world's foremost Jimi Hendrix tribute artist," Fellman said. "The guy's a legend. He's endorsed by major guitar players, the Hendrix family. He's amazing…We're super lucky to have him."
There will be indoor after-parties on both Friday and Saturday nights, for an additional $15. This will keep the party going till about 1 a.m. without keeping the fairground's neighbors up.
Fellman will take the stage Saturday night as drummer with his Journey tribute band, "Stone in Love," the only band that will have played all 10 years of the festival.
"It really does feel like a milestone," Fellman said.
He's also personally excited about the addition of a long-awaited Duran Duran tribute band, "Notorious."
For more information and the full lineup, visit harefest.com. That's also where you can snag your tickets beginning Jan. 24 for the July 10-11 event.
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