Strawberry Music Festival Canceled -- Again

Lingering damage from Rim Fire means festival is a no-go.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 3:27 PM PDT
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Strawberry Music Festival Canceled -- Again

Joe Rosato Jr.

Aaron Render of Hot Buttered Rum plays fiddle at his Sonoma home. The band was scheduled to play the Strawberry Music Festival over Labor Day Weekend. The festival was canceled last year because of the Rim Fire -- and won't go on this year for the same reason.

Wait until next year for Strawberry -- again.

The popular Labor Day Weekend music festival, which usually takes place at San Francisco-owned Camp Mather near the entrance to Yosemite National Park, won't go on this year, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Last year's four-day music jaunt had to be kiboshed because of the Rim Fire. The massive wildfire burned a wide area of the Stanislaus National Forest as well as the national park.

No damage was sustained at Camp Mather, thanks to firefighters' efforts, but "lingering" damage mean that the Recreation and Park Department cannot ensure the safety of the festival's 7,000 attendees, the newspaper reported.

For example, there are concerns about water supply as well as the machinery that will be on-site continuing to clean up Rim Fire damage, the newspaper reported.

Officials with the festival and at the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors expressed distress and vowed to make efforts to make the fete feasible. However, for now, no permit will be issued and the show will not go on, the newspaper reportred.

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