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Page 6 VctJ (".cliMl IIIITV J Tt r - August 29, 2012 II Festival From page 1 venue had been approved in a different location on the WLSRT property, originally Willamette Industries and Weyerhaeuser mill property, near 24th Avenue. "The ultimate goal is to turn it into a huge multi-use recre- ational facility," Regrutto said. It could host a series of concerts and potentially become part of the Linn County parks system, allowing the public access to the South Santiam River. In theory, it could provide year-round camp- ing and a solid base of revenue. "At this point, we have a shared vision, and we are devel- oping a conceptual plan," said Linn County Commissioner Rog- er Nyquist. The camping, recre- ational access and festival-event facility is focused on the former Knife River area and will have access through the old mill prop- erty to help minimize conflicts with area residents. "I think it's been something the community wanted for a long time," said Economic Develop- ment Director Brian Hoffman. "It's impact is obvious I believe. It'll influence recreation through- out the Sweet Home area. It will help feed into Sweet Home's other recreation attri- butes, he said. "It just opens up more and more recreation oppor- tunities." The public access compo- nent is huge, Hoffman said. "Our public access to the river is very limited." "Our vision is to do (the event site), and then we'll deter- mine what other options present themselves with this property," Nyquist said. "I think we all agree it should be as multipurpose as possible," Regrutto said. "It needs to be as usable and accessible as possible. It's a really special location here in Sweet Home. We haven't been able to use it to the best of its ability." "The property looks like it's straight out of a travel maga- zine," said SHEDG Board Presi- dent Kevin Strong. 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Rent $650 Dep $750 41 350 Upper Calapooia 541.367,63641www.amescreekreatty.com : ? study of the Jamboree's economic impact, it could mean $20 million per year to Sweet Home. Regrutto would like to see it eventually used by more than SHEDG and the Jamboree, she said. She would like to see pro- moters using it for their own events, including a variety of dif- ferent types of smaller events. The project won't require the entire Knife River section, Nyquist said. "The property just dwarfs what we need." Ultimately, the Jamboree would like to move everything to the new site, Regrutto said. "The camping and music. It would eliminate a lot of the headaches for the community and us too." The site would allow the Jamboree up to about 3,000 campsites, Regrutto said. The new site could accommodate up- ward of 20,000 to 25,000 people, including parking and camping. This year, the Jamboree had some 14,000 attending on Friday, headlined by Rascal Flatts, Re- grutto said. She believes the heat kept attendance down to about 13,000 on Saturday, while Sun- day was the biggest ever, at an estimated 13,500. That was also the first time to her knowledge that Sunday was bigger than Saturday, Regrutto said. "The Chris Young-Dierks Bentley combo was a killer. It's very expensive to put this festival on. Regardless of the bottom line, this event was fantastic." Regrutto cautioned that re- cord-setting attendance does not equal profit because expenses have increased for regular opera- tions and to expand the festival and its features. "That's the vision, to expand the festival," Regrutto said. "We are at capacity." The Jamboree would like to bring even bigger acts, she said, and that requires more space. Before the Jamboree could move to the site, the county and Knife River must finish dealing with environmental issues on the property, Nyquist said. The prop- erty still requires some reclama- tion. "Knife River can do that in a way that complements this vi- sion," Nyquist said. Nyquist said it might take two to five years, although he said he hoped it wouldn't take five. The county and Jamboree are still deciding what type of facil- ity to build, whether to have an amphitheater or alternative, Re- grutto said. In the meantime, SHEDG is moving forward with the de- velopment of a second festival, an idea that has floated around the Sweet Home community for nearly as long as the Jamboree has existed. "What we would like to do is start this festival next summer," Regrutto said. The tentative plan is to hold the festival the week- end before the Jamboree. It will not be country, but precisely what style of music remains to be determined, but it will likely be in the alternative- independent vein, she said. The Jamboree has some 700 volunteers, Regrutto said. She thinks that the second festival could draw different volunteers who are not interested in country music. The Jamboree management team and staff have already com- mitted to organizing the first fes- tival. After the Jamboree moves, Regrutto thinks the festivals would require fewer people to run the show, and she anticipates a combination of paid and volun- teer positions. II Picnic From page 1 water the flagpole. "The initiation rites were rigorous," Farque said. He and the veterans discussed the good times the CCC boys had on weekends. Molver and Lill especially recalled roll- erskating in Lewisburg on Saturday nights, each member of the party chipping in for gas. "Philomath had a college. Independence had the teacher's college. Corvallis had Oregon State. They all went to Lewisburg to skate," Molver said. "Nobody ever went home with anybody but you could fall for anybody." Farque said that, after initial concerns, local communities realized the CCC was a big positive. "At first communities were a little ner- vous but after a year, year and a half, they became very supportive," he said. "These guys spent money. And they got education. Tens of thousands of young men learned to read and write." CCC service paid off in toughness and discipline, several of the alums said. Richard Chrissinger, 90, who drove his truck from Missouri in three days for the event, said he believes it was a crucial aspect to America's response to World War II, as 3 million CCC alums entered the service. "I believe the experience I got from (the CCC) probably saved my life many times during my military career. We got the basic training and discipline. When World War II came along, it was a quick fix." Bagpiper Brian Molver of San.Jose, whose father Ken was once stationed at Camp Cascadia, plays "Amazing Grace" to end the program at Longbow Organizational Camp. Photos by Scott Swanson Sweet Home Ranger District employee Can- dice Gray, right, looks over photo albums brought to the picnic by Richard Chrissing- er.