|Graphic: Emerald Empire HempFest|
The annual event (third weekend in July), held in Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene, is a free event.
"Education is the primary goal of this all-volunteer effort," said Dan Koozer, executive director of Emerald Empire HempFest. "Please join us in the fight to roll back prohibition and increase production and usage of one of the world's most beneficial plants!"
According to Koozer, there will be two stages with musical entertainment, a food court featuring nutritious foods, as well as art booths, vendors featuring many hemp products, and nonprofit booths.
"Guest speakers will discuss the environmental benefits of hemp, medical uses of marijuana and the futility and negative consequences of prohibition," Koozer said.
"As former organizer Eilleen Erdelt once stated, 'The HempFest is a family-oriented event celebrating a God-given plant that has been prohibited by man,'" Koozer said.
Emerald Empire HempFest's "Ganja Goddesses" will be seeking donations to help defray production costs throughout the event.
No illegal activities will be tolerated, according to Koozer.
Emerald Empire HempFest is an all ages, alcohol-free event.
WHAT: Emerald Empire HempFest
WHERE: Maurie Jacobs Park, Eugene, Oregon
WHEN: July 16, 17 and 18, 2010
Friday: 4:20 pm-10 pm/Saturday: High Noon-10 pm/Sunday: High Noon-8 pm
WHY: To educate the public about the plant Cannabis (Hemp)