A $2,600 setback did little Thursday to deter World Hemp Expo Extravaganja 2010 organizers as they prepared for an event months in the making.
(See Marijuana Event Planned for Red Bluff – Tehama http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/marijuana-event-planned-for-red-bluff-tehama/ )
Sheriff’s deputies report a 5,300-gallon plastic water tank, one of several installed at the festival site on Riverside Avenue in Red Bluff, was punctured with 24 holes by way of a battery-powered- drill. The holes ruined the tank, which organizers planned on using to store drinking water for the alcohol-free event.
Though some 2,000 people are expected per organizers do not expect big profits.
It will be a miracle if we can break even, said Steve Hager, creative director for High Times Magazine.
Scheduled events include seminars on body painting, belly dancing and marijuana law, debates on marijuana legalization, a cannabis film festival and more than a dozen bands.
A number of vendors have been invited, though marijuana sales have been banned at the event.
Like Donna Will, who is heading up the event, Zoe said she hoped the crowds would be good for the surrounding businesses.
With a few competing Memorial Day events, the event should bring in tourist income to Tehama County, she said.