Friday, February 22, 2013

Ketchum grants MASSV support

Council, businesses: City needs new generation

Express Staff Writer

The second annual MASSV music festival will receive less money than last year from Ketchum and will be in a more tucked-away part of the city. However, barring some concerns over the event’s trial run, City Council members have voted unanimously to support it financially, and some city business owners say it’s desperately needed to introduce a new generation to an aging population.

The council voted 3-0 Tuesday to give $10,000 directly and just under $5,000 in in-kind city services, including law enforcement and emergency services support, to this year’s Music and Sound Showcase Sun Valley. That’s about $2,000 less than the city gave the event last year.

The council also voted to extend the curfew for those under 18 to 2 a.m. on July 5-6, when the event will take place. 

At the meeting, Brent Russell, the event’s producer, said that based on calculations by nonprofit organization Sustain Blaine, last year’s MASSV event brought about $1.7 million into the county.

Russell said this year’s event will be located entirely at River Run. He said that location will be better as it is more isolated from downtown Ketchum and will also allow for attendees to camp next to the event. He also said the event will be family friendly and that he would like it to be nonsmoking.

“I’m here to support it,” said Grumpy’s and Silver Dollar Saloon owner Pete Prekeges.

In response to public comment at the meeting that the city desperately needs to introduce a new, younger generation, Prekeges said, “As the saying now goes, we’re four funerals from an empty mountain.”

Brennan Rego:




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2019 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.