FILER — There has been much anticipation in regards to the fate of certain summer events or concerts due to COVID-19. After growing concern that this festival wouldn't occur, the HWY 30 Music Festival will be taking place from June 25th to June 27th at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds.
Now that it's confirmed the festival will go on as scheduled, many are excited to take another step towards normalcy. Director Gordy Schroeder stated, "It takes so many people to put this on, so many people, the sponsors, the fans, the band, and they have all hung in with us."
The festival is anticipating around 3,000 people to attend the event. With so many people expected, sanitation is the organizer's primary concern to ensure people feel safe. Sanitation stations will be readily available for all concert-goers.
While they are not required to be worn, people can expect free face-masks at the entrance. People will also have the option to purchase masks with funds going to the Twin Falls search and rescue.
Hand sanitizer will be located all over the grounds, with some even on the trees that are on the property. Food, hydration, and first aid stations will also be readily available.
With such ample space, social distancing will be an option for those who don't want to be in a large crowd. The area also allows campgrounds, which is a significant attraction for this festival. People staying overnight and regular concert-goers will have access to clean restrooms and showers.
Gordy Schroeder said, "A lot of music festivals you have to use the porter potties, the blue buildings. We have a great sponsor, and even though they brings those, we have real bathrooms real showers and all those things so we can be clean."
The festival is also doing its best to make sure the 27 artists performing are safe. Equipment such as microphones, mic stands, and mic windscreens will be cleaned and switched between each set. Even speakers and other audio equipment will be switched out for different bands to make sure they feel comfortable.
As the deadline approaches, people are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible. The festival will be limiting ticket sales to ensure overcrowding does not occur.
Gordy Schroeder is hoping to lead by example as this one of the first festivals to be held in the state. Schroeder had one last request and that was for anyone who feels ill, please remain home.