×

Warm, sunny weather greets Green River Festival goers

Annual music festival keeps things green as it kicks off 32nd year

  • Las Cafeteras play the Dean’s Beans stage Friday night at the Green River Festival. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Balloons take off on Friday night at the Green River Festival. Tickets are still available for Sunday night’s festivities. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Birds of Chicago play the main stage Friday night at the Green River Festival. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Las Cafeters play the Dean’s Beans stage Friday night at the Green River Festival. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Green efforts at the festival this year include vendors having to provide items that are compostable and not selling plastic water bottles, both of which began last year. The compostable items are being sorted through by volunteers the entire weekend and water refill stations are located throughout the festival. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Amy Helm plays the main stage Friday night at the Green River Festival. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival kicked off its 32nd year yesterday, bringing food, music and good times to the Franklin County.

Attendees were welcomed with warm, sunny weather as hot air balloons soared over visitors at the Greenfield Community College lawn as bands played for crowds throughout the evening.

This year’s festival included going even greener, expanding on efforts in previous years by organizers to limit the impact on the environment, according to Flora Reed, publicist for the event.

Solar energy has a role in getting the festival greener, with the power source being used for charging stations as well as a solar-powered stage for musicians, volunteer coordinator and event manager Abbie Duquette said.

Green efforts also include vendors having to provide items that are compostable and not selling plastic water bottles, both of which began last year, Reed said. The compostable items are being sorted through by volunteers the entire weekend, Duquette said, and water refill stations are located throughout the festival.

And the event is featuring a way for visitors to learn more about tiny home living: by having bands play intimate acoustic sets outside of a tiny home called “The Greenhouse.”

“It shows you can do a big thing with a tiny footprint,” Duquette said.

Bicycling is being promoted as well, which helps to cut down on fossil fuel use getting to the festival. Valet services are available to cyclists and the campground for the festival is just 2 miles away, giving those staying overnight a short distance to cycle.

“We’re really encouraging people to bike here,” Duquette said.

In addition to being greener, the festival also offers many food and vendor options while attendees catch the more than 30 musical acts on the four stages throughout GCC.

Wares offered from vendors include clothing, jewelry, face painting and even hammocks. A number of nonprofit agencies have booths set up as well, where you can get more information on their efforts.

A total of 30 food vendors offer a number of different options, ranging from vegan to barbeque to sweet treats.

For beer, wine or cider, attendees can visit two tents on site. Drinks cost $7 each, Reed said. To get drinks, a token must be used, which can be purchased for $7 near the main stage.

Tickets for later today are sold out, but Sunday tickets are still available. For more information, visit the festival’s website at: greenriverfestival.com or download the festival’s app through the Google Play or Apple Store.

Shuttles are available for visitors to the festival.

Items not allowed at the festival include camping tents, rolling coolers, alcohol brought from outside the festival, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, illegal substances, hover boards and other motorized vehicles. Drones or flying objects are also not permitted inside the festival.