I think it's really difficult for him to pull off the Spring festival anymore. It was fine when it was only a few hundred people who showed up, but the crowds, traffic and the mess everyone leaves behind is too much for him to deal with on top of planting crops and flowers for the Spring - not to mention how much would probably be destroyed (intentional or not). It sucks, yes, but it IS how the guy makes a living.
Hopefully everyone can save the $20 they're willing to pay for a Spring festival and give it to Chuck for the fall - I'm sure he'd appreciate getting some money ahead of time to help with the cost of cleanup...maybe he could even order some dumpsters to be hauled out there beforehand.
Thats a good idea, and if it's a donation, then he doesn't have to get into things like getting insurance like he would if it was a paid event.
Then again, anyone could have always given him a donation at any time over the years . . . but I don't think many have.
The level of respect I've felt from many of the people I have seen at the event, over the last several years of Chuckstock, have verged on complete and utter disrespect, of the people around them, the land, and Chuck himself.
I think the likelihood of getting people who drives in, party hard, and leave a sea of trash behind in thier wake, to voluntarily and out of the goodness in thier heart to make a cash donation to Chuck to help him run the festival, to be negligible to zip.
Not to say that everyone there is a drainbow, but the number of folks that contribute resources and energy to make it happen are a tiny minority.
Speaking for myself, I think the supplies and energy I bring to make the kitchen happen every year is plenty of a donation in and of itself. I think the same is true of the folks that make the shitters happen, the musicians and sound people up at the stage, and Chuck himself!
What about the rest of you?
OK, I know I'm writing this mainly to folks involved in making the music happen. But spread the word . . . if everyone spent only one hour each with a bag, picking up trash, and everyone hauled that trash out with them when they left, Chuck wouldn't have to deal with the sea of garbage that he does every year after everyone leaves.
Well, I was able to visit Chucks farm year before last and man what a good time. We had to deal with one of the party crappers as he fished out and started diving into the fire... hope all is well with him now. Would love a repeat and 20 bucks? Why the hell not? I am in total agreement with the trash idea. Maybe make sure the performers announce the idea so that others will do so. I tend to pick up trash everywhere I go. So if there is to be another gathering in the graces of Chuck I will plan on being there. If he would like donations ahead of time no problem. Email me an address so I can go ahead and do that. Seems like a smart plan. Any help needed I am always available. I have helped out at a few festivals and am always looking for another one to help out with. Peace to all Cory TheOnlyIntexity@gmail.com