TURIN — The 2019 moe.down music festival held Thursday through Saturday may have had half of the attendees as the last time it was held, in 2017, but the level of giving by attendees to local charities was on the rise.
In their second experience hosting the event since taking over Snow Ridge Ski Resort, mother-son team Cindy Sisto and Nick Mir seemed to have gotten the hang of it.
“The event went much smoother than the last time,” Mr. Mir said. “We corrected from our experience and hopefully made it better for everyone.”
Mr. Mir estimated that over 2,000 people attended the event this year, while Ms. Sisto had an estimated 4,000 people for the 2017 event.
Regardless of those numbers, representatives from one of the local organizations targeted for giving by moe.down, the B. Elizabeth Strong Memorial Library in the village, described donations as “much better this year.”
In addition to the eight boxes of donated books, the library was given $222 in cash donations and raised $365 with its bake sale held on Saturday.
According to the library’s Facebook page, a “carload” of school supplies for South Lewis Central Schools and items to be donated to the festival’s pet project, “It’s Real & It’s Local,” which “raises awareness and fights against the drastic increase in drug addiction that is afflicting the area,” centered at the B.A.T.S.— Building Across The Street — a safe space and community center for area teens.
School district representatives said the donated items will be tallied closer to the school year.
The 16th moe.down golf tournament, held at the Highlands Golf Course, had 46 golfers whose $110 entrance fees, in part, went toward a donation to Folds of Honor, according to golf course General Manager Kenneth Gaylord.
Mr. Gaylord said the event went very smoothly and he was pleased to host it again this year.
Producers of Thursday’s golf tournament and the charity lacrosse game on Friday could not be reached for details on the winners of the events and the amounts to be donated to their respective charities.
The entire moe.down was live-streamed in a YouTube.com webcast, maxing out the audience at over 14,000 people on Saturday, the final day of the festival.
Others watching the event live weren’t festival-goers or online fans but Snow Ridge’s neighbors on West Road, invited by Mr. Mir and Ms. Sisto to enjoy the show.
According to Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli, narcotics patrols were on duty throughout the festival, regardless of ongoing budgeting challenges and freezes he has put on patrols for other events in the county, because they were supported through federal grants administered by District Attorney Leanne Moser’s office.
The sheriff said the patrols’ focus was on harder drugs this year: although there were “several” stops for marijuana possession in amounts that indicated personal use, the stops resulted in the drug being confiscated and tickets issued, but not arrests.
Final numbers were not yet available for the number of arrests made throughout the three-day event, Mr. Carpinelli said, but he noted this year LSD, commonly known as acid, was more prevalent than in previous years.
Opioids didn’t seem to be commonplace, he confirmed, and there were no overdoses of any kind reported.
“It was great music, a great crowd and people were happy to be there,” Mr. Mir said, “We’re hoping to have it again next year or at least every other year.”