SnowBall leaves Avon, elevated police presence in favor of Winter Park for 2013 festivalBy Ricardo Baca | November 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
The electronic music-leaning SnowBall festival brings the big beats to a Colorado mountain town each March. But the 2013 fest is moving out of the Avon location that had ran into problems with arrests and drug busts earlier this year.
The festival is moving to Winter Park for its 2013 edition, and its date is changing, too.
The 2013 event will run March 8-10, 2013 in Grand Park in Winter Park, according to the event’s Facebook page.
“We can’t think of a better place to call home,” the Facebook post reads.
During the 2012 festival, 140 people were taken into custody – because of an elevated police presence at the festival.
“This year we had a year to prepare for the event. Last year we had two months. That gave us an opportunity to reach out to other agencies,” Avon Police chief Bob Ticer told the Vail Daily in March. “We had triple the number of narcotics officers on Friday night, and also on Saturday night. Narcotics officers from other agencies and the state liquor agency were here to help.”
Many of the comments on the post announcing the new location and date ripped apart the town of Avon and the Vail Valley, which developed a strict reputation after the 2012 festival.
The festival will start announcing acts and headliners in the coming months.
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