Fee, crowd estimate for ‘Nocturnal’
County Judge Dave Barkemeyer told The Reporter for the past two years the county instituted a flat fee of approximately one dollar per ticket on the organizations which apply for mass gathering permits.
“Last year the county’s check from Nocturnal Fest amounted to $22,500,” Barkemeyer said.
“We’re expecting this year’s to be larger than that, maybe upwards of $30,000,” he said.
Nocturnal Fest was held April 28-29 and drew crowds estimated at 35,000.
“We started that fee to help pay for the extra expenses that are incurred to the county, especially law enforcement, when there’s a crowd of that size,” Barkemeyer said. “The fee money goes into the county’s general fund.”
Insomniac Productions stages the Nocturnal Fest each year.
Barkemeyer said the annual Silver Spurs Spring Jam at Apache Pass is also subject to the fee.
“Last year their crowd was prett y disappointing and we waived that fee,” Barkemeyer said.
But the 2012 event, with country star Cory Morrow, was much better attended.
“We’re anticipating getting a check from the Silver Spurs and also one on the Nocturnal Fest for their 2012 events,” Barkemeyer. said.