Return of the tick fest? |

Return of the tick fest?

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

It’s not quite the return of the Tick Fest, but it is the return of hanging out in Heeney with good friends, music and food.The Lower Blue Musicfest 2010 debuts Saturday, with a lineup of mostly Summit County bands- from classic rock to bluegrass – starting with Amy and the Rock Sisters at noon, then changing approximately every hour, in the following order: Cary Robinson, Shanghai Yohe, Duo 20, a female singer and songwriter from Florida, Lower Blue Band, Mike Bennett and Scott Staten and Friends. The evening wraps up with an open mic, in which anyone is welcome to join.The Musicfest kind of replaces the Tick Fest, which ended after 9/11, when the federal government prohibited gatherings below the dam at Green Mountain Reservoir. But that’s not the only reason the Tick Fest bit the dust.”It was starting to get out of control,” said musician and Musicfest organizer Steve Crain, explaining that many festival-goers were driving home to Summit County under the influence.To avoid the problem this Saturday, Crain and others will be “keeping an eye on people who are trying to leave drunk” and instead, offering them a campsite.The festival also will take place in a different location in Heeney – in town, at the Fire Station, rather than below the dam.Proceeds from hot dogs, brats, burgers, soda and water sales will benefit Lower Blue Fire Protection District in funding training and equipment purchases. The district is often the first to respond to accidents along the highway near Green Mountain; the rescue team stabilizes victims and provides emergency life support before Lake Dillon Fire Authority transports them for further treatment. A silent auction from 25 donors, ranging from wine and steaks to oil changes and True Value gift certificates, also will benefit the district.”I wanted something for people to get out and enjoy the summer, because before you know it, it’ll be ski season again,” Crain said. “Heeney is, to me, the most beautiful place in Summit County. It’s a good way to see people you haven’t seen since the Tick Festival or meet some new friends.”

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