Dawson City OK's temporary campground for festival goers
Council approves 50 sites on ball field at Crocus Bluff
Organizers of the Dawson City Music Festival are working with the municipality to set up a temporary 50-site campground on a baseball diamond.
"Our festival just about doubles our town's population, so no surprise there that rooms are a bit tight on that weekend," says festival producer Jenna Roebuck.
Dawson City Mayor Wayne Potoroka says it's a good solution, especially since one of the larger hotels in town — the Midnight Sun — isn't open this summer.
"The Dawson City Music Festival is an important event for our community and we really should do what we can to make sure that it remains a vibrant weekend," he says.
Mayor and council approved the proposal for the temporary campground this week. Festival goers with a weekend pass will be allowed to camp on the ball diamond at the Crocus Bluff recreation site, on the edge of town. Roebuck says there will be about 50 camp sites with supervision, and dogs and open alcohol are not permitted.
"It's going to be a quiet campground," she said. "There'll be no open alcohol, so no drinking on the site."
The Yukon's largest summer music festival starts next Friday.