Fall Strawberry Music Festival relocates to Nevada County Fairgrounds 

click to enlarge The festival is typically held at Camp Mather. - COURTESY  STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • Courtesy Strawberry Music Festival
  • The festival is typically held at Camp Mather.
The fall Strawberry Music Festival has planted its seeds in another venue — for at least a season — after being canceled at San Francisco-owned Camp Mather for the second year in a row.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley will house the more than three-decades-old festival from Sept. 11-14, festival organizers announced on the Strawberry Music Festival website last week.

Earlier this month, Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg said that forest restoration and a lack of potable water to support the 7,000 festival attendees due to lingering impacts from the Rim Fire created “significant concerns.” In response, the department denied a permit for the popular four-day festival that has been held each fall and most Memorial Day weekends since 1983 at Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park.

Festival organizers had said they were able to mitigate the department’s concerns, and noted that holding a fall festival would allow them to secure a loan from the Small Business Administration to refund those who couldn’t attend the Labor Day 2013 festival because of the Rim Fire.

The post from Thursday stated the festival’s fall contract still needed to be reviewed by the Small Business Administration, and once disaster relief funding is dispersed, letters will be sent to the fall 2013 ticket holders explaining how to receive refunds.

“Tickets for the Fall 2014 Festival will go on sale after refunds have begun,” the post reads. “Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding festival details, refunds, ticket sales, lineup, etc.”

Festival organizers could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Despite having burned more than 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest last year, the Rim Fire spared Camp Mather, which is slated to reopen in time for its 90th anniversary this year.

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