Suwannee Springfest | 03.26 - 03.29 | FL

the nyckelharpa
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Walter Parks & Seth Walker

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[Published on: 4/10/09]

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ao1 Fri 4/10/2009 06:04PM
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looks amazing.......wish I was thereeeee

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/10/2009 06:38PM
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ain't no finer time than down on the suwanee. the place is magic.

schofizzl Fri 4/10/2009 07:14PM
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smell that everybody? festie season is upon us...

CeilingFan247 Fri 4/10/2009 09:56PM
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i wonder how many people went to jail at this one... that place is crawling with cops. i spent a night in jail over a little bit of weed cuz of that place.

Dire46daysWolf Fri 4/10/2009 11:28PM
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the nyckelharpa!? what the hell that thing looks amazing!

brad5 starstarstarstar Sat 4/11/2009 08:40AM
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letstuneup starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/11/2009 08:45AM
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You can always go to Suwanee County Sheriff Dept. website if you want to view photos and charges on the inmates. You can look at the dates the festival was held to get an idea of how many people were arrested. Looks like this years SpringFest was enjoyed by a very respectible croud. Just wanted to let you know about this because I always here how bad it is at the park. Now you can see some facts. See yall at WANEE!

Adamist starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/11/2009 10:42AM
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Suwannee was home to my first-ever festie, and I've been hooked ever since. It was so close to where I'm from that I actually packed up to live and work there out of my van for a season. Anyone who's spent anytime there should remember Phil, the old Deadhead who ran the General Store. Unfortunately he has passed away, but it looks like the spirit is living on!!

And yeah, pretty much any festival or event in Florida will be crawling with cops. It goes with the territory.

Adamist Sat 4/11/2009 10:48AM
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This guy from NY definitely got popped at the fest:



wspchris Sat 4/11/2009 12:55PM
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Suwannee is fine if you use your head. the cops are there but if you keep your nose clean they don't fuck with you. I remeber one year they had cop cars at the drumcircle. It was by far the oddest I ever felt at a drumcircle as I sat in my buddy's golfcart. Needless to say we were out of there. My favorite fest was Easter 4/20 with String Cheese in like 2003. What a magical place and yes the Guy in the link was definetly a pusher at Suwannee. You get those campground weasels in Florida that are pushing the junk stuff. Usually it is sub-par or fake.

kider54 star Sat 4/11/2009 06:06PM
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Nice to know about the website. Just checked. I'm still on it from 10/11/03. Just for looking at some chicks piece of glass way up in the woods. Took me a week to get out of there, when I got back tent and all my stuff had been stolen, car was towed, about failed out of college. Morale of the story is, if a hot chick says hey look at this, run like hell. That charge still haunts my professional career to this day.

kider54 star Sat 4/11/2009 06:10PM
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Looked at alot of peeps on there, looks like that county has plenty of real criminals, should let the hippies run through and party, drop a ton of money on the local economy and be out. JMHO.

Hankskool Sat 4/11/2009 09:58PM
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I've been to that place for a Dead Show. Absolutely beautiful setting for a show. That natural stage backdrop is it. We were a bit worried driving in due to a Sheriff's Boys club of some sort right next door to the property. But actually I was relieved how civil the sheriffs were considering how hot, drunk and tore up the crowd seemed. It was nice of the Sheriffs to let us hang out in the parking lot over night until things wore off, without hassle. That would never happen in California at a venue with its own parking lot, where the NEED to herd people out on the road all hammered so as they can get their cut. That's the plain difference between sheriff's/cops that see themselves as a true public safety institution (i.e. professionals) and those that behave like a sleezy industry that NEEDS the public safety to be endangered. Hopefully things are still civil in Live Oak.

Adamist Sun 4/12/2009 10:16AM
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Well from my understanding things were alot better with the old Sheriff who has since retired. The new guy in charge came around a few years back and has a classic "zero tolerance" attitude.

You have to consider the fact that Live Oak is right in the heart of Florida's rebel flag zone. Rednecks and hippies don't naturally get along- although certain bands (the Dead, Panic, etc) do a good job of bridging the gab!

P.s. I heard about that 04/20 Cheese show, it sounded like it was EPIC.

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/12/2009 08:05PM
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What a sagely lookin head up top.

ao1 Mon 4/13/2009 11:19AM
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What was the four twenty cheese show like?????

kider54 Tue 4/14/2009 07:51PM
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4/20 cheese was amazing. That was about the last party there where you had to be a dumarse to get arrested. SOme bands played in the campgrounds. Charlie Hunter was sick. Cheese played in the field. Did a suwannee river trance(first and only) and a jungle boogie(first, I think). Rev. Jeff Mosier did an Easter Sunday gospel thing. Great crowd by the late night fires. All out good time. That and Garcia B-day bash were 2 of the better east coast cheese parties.