23rd Annual Tick Festival scrapped | SummitDaily.com

23rd Annual Tick Festival scrapped

HEENEY – What would have been the 23rd Annual Heeney Tick Festival won’t be, for the same reason the 22nd wasn’t.

Organizers for the Heeney happening – scheduled for each June – typically begin planning for the event in February. Resident Keats Scott said the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the Green Mountain Reservoir and dam that contains it, could not give permission at that time to use the land below the dam.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Bureau of Reclamation officials were put on high alert to guard the facility. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is under contract to patrol the area and posts guards there to this day.

In recent years, the festival has raised money to support Heeney’s fire department. The fire department is now a tax-collecting special district. Last year, instead of the festival, Heeney residents held a garage sale and sold cookbooks containing a collection of local recipes. Scott said the effort raised about $5,000 – a bigger success than some of the festivals.

“We’re not making a big deal out of it,” Scott said of not being able to organize the Tick Festival. “We could have gone to our congressman or something, but we’re not taking it that far.”

Kayakers will still be able to use the area below the dam, though. Bureau of Reclamation public information coordinator Kara Lamb said the water immediately below the dam will be open Fridays through Sundays during the day, as it was last year.

Lamb said restrictions are still in place, however. Cars left in the area after hours will be towed. No loitering or parking is allowed on the dam. Boats in the reservoir must stay more than 500 feet from the dam, and pedestrians on land must remain at least 100 feet from the dam and the power plant.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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