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Posted on: January 2, 2019

SnowGlobe festival finishes as most successful ever

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South Lake Tahoe, CAThe 2018 SnowGlobe Music Festival finished, by the numbers, as the most successful ever. An estimated 20,000 visitors attended the three-day music festival.

City staff worked around the clock to promote a safe and successful event, and to help alleviate community impacts associated with the festival. Highlights of the 2018 festival include:

  • South Lake Tahoe Police Department called this event the best they’ve had from a violation and enforcement standpoint. There were no significant problems or issues of any kind, and only 5 arrests were made on Monday. Drug arrests were also down significantly this year. In total, only 9 arrests were made this year.  
  • As a result of increased enforcement, ABC citations were up this year. 222 citations were issued on-site and off-site this year. Almost all of them (210) were alcohol or fake ID related violations.
  • RockMed, the event’s medical services crew, treated 26 patients at their on-site facility for various issues on Monday. In total, they treated only 68 patients. That’s down significantly from 170 patients treated in 2017.
  • Event organizers and City staff again conducted continuous monitoring of sound levels at the perimeter of the event venue and generally recorded decibel readings in the 70 – 85-decibel range, which are within stipulated permit requirements.
  • There were a total of 35 complaints (from 27 different individuals) received via the City’s telephone hotline and online complaint form on Monday. In total, there were 103 complaints, from 34 separate people for the entire festival. Most of the complaints (91) were associated with spillover noise from the musical performances, and City staff again responded to all complaints with return phone calls and/or in-person visits.
  • Event organizers and City staff worked cooperatively and consistently during the entire festival to review and monitor sound data to make adjustments and reduce noise impacts on nearby neighborhood residential neighborhoods.
  • Event organizers continue to place a high priority on trash collection, and crews again worked diligently throughout the day and several hours after the performances ended last night to remove all litter associated with the event. The city received no trash complaints during the festival.

“I could not have been more pleased with the cooperation and teamwork from everyone involved in SnowGlobe,” said Frank Rush, South Lake Tahoe City Manager. “It took a village to make this event successful this year, and although there are always improvements to be made, this year’s success speaks volumes about the effectiveness of planning and communication.”

Numerous local partners, including Lake Tahoe Community College, El Dorado County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, STPUD, and others have worked closely with the City and event organizers, and the City greatly appreciates the strong spirit of cooperation among all parties.

“We want to thank the SnowGlobe attendees for enjoying South Lake Tahoe,” said Rush. “We also want to say thank you again to our residents for their patience and understanding during this significant special event!”

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