Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MASSV good for youth of the valley

    The Music and Arts Showcase Sun Valley (MASSV) music festival is one of the few, if not the only, local events truly aimed towards young people. This type of music festival brings even further diversity to our growing youth community.
    Unfortunately, some aspects of MASSV have been raising a significant amount of concern. And given the number of drug- and alcohol-related emergency room visits, we concert-goers sincerely understand that. Before MASSV, the closest alternative event for our age group were private parties, which host similar dangerous activities but in a significantly less safe environment. The people who needed help at MASSV received immediate assistance from emergency personnel affiliated with St. Luke’s and the Wood River Valley rescue departments that were ready to assist. Additions to our community such as Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain terrain park and the Symphony Pavilion have showed to increase diversity in our community, and we feel as if this event has the potential to do the same. As young adults who live in and travel to the Wood River Valley, we feel as if the MASSV music festival follows our generational changes to diversify our cultures and embrace this valley’s youth. On our behalf, the Music and Arts Showcase Sun Valley should be allowed to continue.
Paul Conn (18)
Tara Bingham (18)
Dalyah Reel-Hughes (19)
Tyler Wolfley (21)
Wood River Valley

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