Members of the Harford County Liquor Control Board enthusiastically approved an outdoor event liquor license for the Lunar Bay Festival coming June 29-30 at Steppingstone Museum near Havre de Grace.
All three organizers of the music, art and food festival – Kelley Duncan, Genevieve Britton and Margie Coakley – appeared before the board at its meeting in Bel Air on Wednesday afternoon. The trio calls itself Ladies of Locust because they are neighbors on Locust Street in Havre de Grace.
Duncan gave a detailed presentation of the set-up for the two-day event, with a color coded map. She explained how the alcohol service would be handled, security plans, parking and traffic control and ticketing.
Duncan said admission will be cut off at 6,000 people on Saturday (June 29) and 4,000 on Sunday (June 30). Tickets will not be oversold, she said, and the parking will also be strictly controlled. She also said about 1,000 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday, and the group has since realized they should have priced the tickets sold at the gate higher to encourage more presales.
The 48 music acts scheduled to appear over the two days include jam bands, bluegrass and "light country" acts, Duncan said. Among the headliners are moe., Keller Williams, Steve Kimock and Anders Osborne. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 29 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 30.
Coakley is one of the licensees at Coakley's Pub in Havre de Grace. Chief Liquor Board Inspector Charles Robbins said Coakley "did a good job" providing alcohol service at past events at Steppingstone, which is off of Quaker Bottom Road in Susquehanna State Park. Robbins also said he thinks the venue can accommodate the anticipated crowds, noting the museum and grounds are "away from most everything."
The license approved for the festival will permit the sale of beer, wine and liquor both days.
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Duncan said the organizers have been in contact with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, county inspectors and fire officials. They also brought in a parking consultant and plan to have 45 or more volunteers working at the festival, in addition to professional bartending staff from around the county.
"Nice job, good presentation," board Chairwoman Sandi Tunney told Duncan when the presentation was finished, while also wishing the group good luck. As the three organizers were leaving the meeting, one board member remarked, "Great event!"
Tickets for the Lunar Bay Festival cost $55 for Sunday only, $65 for Saturday only or $75 for both days. A VIP two-day ticket will be $95, and children can come for $45 for two days or $25 per day. All tickets can be bought online via Ticketfly.
Besides the variety of musicians, the event also promises "fun for the whole family," Coakley said earlier this week, listing wagon rides, fire-throwers, hula-hoopers and all the standard Steppingstone Museum offerings, like a blacksmith and woodcarver.
"We think Harford County could use something like this and we are also really giving back to the community," she said.
Coakley, Britton and Duncan are partnering with non-profits Susquehanna Farm Museum, Murals of Grace, Believe in Music, Pets on Wheels and the ARC.
More information can be found online at http://www.lunarbayfestival.com.