EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people are experiencing the first-ever Kaleidoscope Music Festival at Mt. Pisgah this weekend.
Friday marks the start of the event, which runs through Sunday. Organizers say it’s an excellent fusion of a variety of bands and other entertainment, but not everyone is happy about the music in the meadows; some neighbors complain that the festival generates too much noise.
“During the day, you can’t even eat a meal in this house, which is about 50 yards away, because your plate’s moving on the table,” says Anna Lawrence, who lives nearby.
Organizers say they’ve been reaching out to the community throughout the entire process and that they’re working to address the issue. Event director Jason Lear says they’re currently in the process of building sound-dampening barriers out of straw and bales of hay.
“This is our first year,” says Lear. ”It’s going to take maybe a year or two to dial in ways that we have the most minimal possible disruption.”
The neighborhood association is currently working to get the county to hold a public hearing on the matter. Lane County representatives say that all the events are being held under the proper regulations.