Nerd Where Will the Wizards and Unicorns Go Now?
posted by July 18 at 11:42 AMon
Last March, WRFF spokeswoman Tracy Nietupski says her group, at the request of the fire department, removed “20 or 30” trees—along with dead fall—to clear emergency access roads along a 50 acre plot of land in Belfair,Wa. Nietupski also says some trees were removed to create space for a parking lot.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) found out that WRFF had uprooted trees without a permit, and put a freeze on their event license until the case could be reviewed. “It was a bit of a misunderstanding,” Nietupski says. “We had not at that point applied for a permit to remove the trees. We didn’t know we needed one.”
This would’ve been WRFF’s eleventh year, and Nietupski says nearly 80,000 people were expected to attend the three-weekend event, and Nietupski estimates the fair’s merchants and performers, will lose close to $250,000 because of the cancellation.
While WRFF could appeal the DNR’s decision to withhold their event permit, the process would take three to six months and the fair was scheduled to begin the first weekend of August.
This is what Paul Constant will miss this year: