How was the Fairfax Festival?

Fairfax Police made seven public intoxication arrests last weekend during the Fairfax Festival.


Well, how was it?

If you are one of the thousands of people who attended the Fairfax Festival last weekend, we’d like to know what you thought.

We noticed that the  for Saturday had a few more public intoxication incidents and loud party complaints than a typical Saturday in Fairfax. Keep in mind, what we post is the abbreviated version of the complete log.

Fairfax Police Chief Chris Morin told Patch that on Saturday and Sunday there were seven public intoxication arrests - two involving two minor assaults on police officers (with no injuries). Other incidents this weekend included vandalism of a police car, an unruly juvenile party, one drunk-driving arrest, a stolen car report (the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run collision and physical altercation as the subject ran away from scene) and one open-container violation.

Morin said police gave a number of open-container warnings at the festival and issued a citation if someone was caught after they were warned. “Because of the confusion that you can drink in the venue but you can’t bring outside alcohol in, we allow for people to have one warning,” Morin said.

During the Fairfax Festival weekend, the Fairfax Police made 10 arrests in 2011, eight arrests in 2010, six in 2009, five in 2008 and 12 in 2007.

Morin said the number of arrests and incidents at the festival is always fluid. However, “an increase in arrests can easily be correlated to the weather. If it’s really hot we will have more drinking and more arrests,” he said.

Some readers started a discussion about the Fairfax Festival on Facebook, writing on a police log link about how family-friendly (or un-family-friendly) they felt the event was:

Lauren McLaughlin Hewett wrote: “Yeah, that festival wasn't as family-friendly as I thought it was going to be. Has it always been that way or does it just seem that way to me now that I have a kiddo?”

Jeffrey Gimzek wrote: “I thought the kids area was fine. You stay away from Naves and it's all good.”

Jack Irving, the Fairfax Festival music director, wrote that the festival had its “fair share of debauchery” like any large festival. But he also pointed to all the kid activities at the festival. “We’ve actually received a lot of compliments this year for how “family-friendly” the festival has become. We have a huge "kids area" on the ballfield, and a special teens only "Youth Music Showcase" on Saturday night. We also featured the Drake High School Jazz Band and up and coming teen singer-songwriter Jazzi on the Redwood Stage, and our headliner, Narada Michael Walden, brought two wonderfully talented teens up on stage on Sunday to close the show. It was an incredible ending to an incredible weekend of music, art & crafts, food, and family fun. 

...and yeah, some drunk people.”

Holly Dines Bragman wrote “The Fairfax Festival takes over the entire town for the weekend and there truly is something for everyone. The Ecofest was started 9 years ago so that folks … could bring their kids past 3 on Saturday. Hats off to Jen Jones for making the ball field activities so incredible!”


What do you think? Did you enjoy the Fairfax Festival last weekend?


Also, if you’re wishing the Festival wasn’t over, you can check out our and our . 

Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ben, I removed some of your comments from this article because I have a zero tolerance for anything that is profane, defamatory or promotes bigotry or hatred. I'm all for a healthy dialogue, but I expect users to be civil.
Naryana June 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Who are the brain police????
Sierra Salin June 14, 2012 at 03:15 AM
For what it's worth Tim, shredded paper quickly degrades into soil. Which is not the case with all of the plastic confetti and streamers being thrown about.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Naryana, as I wrote to Ben earlier today, I removed some of your comments because they were defamatory. In addition to fostering hatred, some of your comments could be inaccurate, false or misleading. Please keep discussion on Patch civil and respectful.
Naryana June 14, 2012 at 04:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ya0_mk5DiY&feature=related, You will be healed of all your ignorance and suffering and I will give you an apple from the Good Earth and some magic crystals from a secret waterfall. I just need your credit card # and for you to drop your trousers and bend over and touch your toes. Peace and Blessings. http://fubar.com/2503859
Popcorn Jeff June 14, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Popcorn Jeff, Wow some responses here. Seems as though some individuals might need some anger management counseling. I was the popcorn vendor at the Eco-Fest up on the ball field and was impressed by the festival. As someone who attends many festivals and also volunteers for and coordinates events I can attest to the difficulty of putting on something of this scale. The main stage area was packed and the Redwood stage area was full as well, from what I saw they were both full of smiling folks. The ball field was calm in comparison so if the other areas were to much for you there was an alternative. I enjoyed the flea market under the trees and the organizations in the community building. I am very impressed by the weekend and am happy to see folks out day and night frequenting the restaurants and music venues that are part of your town. I wish more towns were as friendly and community oriented as Fairfax.
willy June 14, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Vote Obama. Eat Organic. Support the Good Earth. Drive a Prius. Don't ask where the money goes and everything will be just fine. Just fine I tell you. Peace, The Mayor http://fubar.com/2503859
C Ross June 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I posted this at my Facebook page and this is what a few friends said: "I didn't stay long but it was most enjoyable." "Did the Patch reporter go to the Fairfax festival? Great question! BTW, festival officials need to enforce the no-politics aspect of the weekend event." "... I want to say here that I enjoyed the Fx Fest immensely, loved seeing so many people I love in the community, fun flea mkt (altho would like even more "stuff" to see there), music, sing-a-longs, parade....but the damper was that horrible anti-Israel table, watching impressionable youth listening to those lies and propaganda. It saddened me so deeply that Fairfax would allow this disgrace at what should be a peaceful festival - hey, Gandhi was sitting in front of the Festival and a hateful booth that made me uncomfortable and others as well... to take the community togetherness and then divide us with hateful commentaries..."
willy June 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Oh no! You can't have the real world intrude on your magical world with unicorns and rainbows and organic produce!!! Heaven forbid. Keep those grimy palestine supporters out of Fairfax!!! They have no part in my world. They are launching a terror campaign on my imagination. I say it's time to put up an electric fence, anyone who disagrees with me will be neutralized. I know that there are people being murdered in Oakland and people starving to death but I want to eat organic and drive a prius and say "Hey man, I am part of the solution, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!" Keep your thoughts out of my head. I've got crystals and incense and organic soy milk, so you just go back to Oakland or where ever your from. This is Fairfax man. I am enlightened to the Dharma.... OK. I gotta go now, I need to get a massage and pay my gardner. I think he is from Nicaragua or somewhere just awful. Poor thing. I feel better about myself that I gave him a fruit basket for Feliz Navidad. I am a golden buddha full of radiant healing light energy. Don't bring your bad vibes into my head-space. You nasty racists!
C Ross June 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Ironically, i actually agree with some of this. There are indeed some aspects of Fairfax, including the Fairfax Festival that give a lot of us the Willies!
Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Cindy, thanks for sharing what your Facebook friends said. Could you let them know that I (a reporter) was at the festival? Here's a link to the proof: http://patch.com/A-tX4s
anne June 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
wow, It sound like you are blaming a general population that generally tries to do good for others(and of course their selves and families) for the problems of the world. That sounds so ignorant. btw.. I am not rich and snobby like you seem to think everyone here is. There are many who struggle to barely get by and survive here just like in the east bay and around the country. I do choose to make healthy choices to the best of my abilitiy for our families and our planet. Don't be such a hater here towards a community that tries(and fails plenty like anyone anywhere) unless you simply want to promote hatred.
Willy June 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Your town is full of hatred, but you are so high and mighty that you think you are loving hippies. In reality you are mostly total hypocrites.
Mike McShea June 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
As a volunteer on the festival committee for the last 9 years, I may be somewhat biased, but the Fairfax Festival is one of the most unique, fun, community oriented festivals I've ever seen. I moved to Fairfax 15 years ago largely because of the festival. What I am most saddened by here is the vitriol coming at us from people who obviously are just trying to get a rise out of us. Let's just not fall for it. 41 arrests over a 5 year period is remarkably good. Especially when those arrests are not made only at the festival itself but in the town as a whole. That is to be celebrated, not criticized. That number is tiny considering that the number of people in town on a festival weekend nearly doubles, and the percentage of them that are consuming alcohol is certainly much higher than double a normal weekend. A large part of that is the professionalism and dedication of our police force. Fairfaxians are and should be very proud of their festival. It is one of the best anywhere. And the best thing, it's completely put on by volunteers. Could it be better? Of course it could. And you can help. You know how I got on the committee? The same way you can. I saw a way to improve the festival, I spoke up, and the committee invited me to become a volunteer. It is one of the most rewarding things in my life, outside my family. Thank you Fairfax for the opportunity to serve you, and thank you festival goers for making our festival the best little town party anywhere.
Willy June 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
The people of Fairfax generally only accept people who fit their mold of what is right, if anyone dares to shatter the illusion, they will be up in arms with self righteousness. That community is a joke. This is coming from someone who lived and worked in Fairfax for many, many years..What a waste, how ignorant I was to think or have believed that Fairfax was a symbol of peace and hope. It is really a symbol of lies, corruption, drugs, and intolerance. I have since moved far far away and have seen real communities that actually care about each other. Now I live in an area where I can ride my bike and not fear being pulled over and arrested for running a stop sign, or sit in the park and feel like I am being sized up by a "hippy mafia". Fairfax is a joke. Other communities actually allow freedom of thought and expression. Fairfax is a fake hippy concentration camp run rampant with corruption. Even writing this, I have some fear that I will be harassed in someway by the corruptness in that town. Luckily I live 3,500 miles away in a real community full of people that don't eat lies for breakfast.
C Ross June 15, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Mike: I agree with most of what you said, and aside from my concerns about the smoking and the anti-Israel activity, I enjoyed the Festival this year, as a parade marshal volunteer, and as an attendee. I especially enjoyed the music, including Biambu, Honey Dust and Narada Michael Walden, who invited a couple of young people (Caroline and Matt) to join him on stage...amazing! But, I do have a question...I know that years ago the Festival was entirely a volunteer effort (I was a member of the committee). But I'm wondering if that's still the case. Rich Pedemonte organizes other events (including, I believe the San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival)...Does he also "volunteer" for the Fairfax Festival, or is he paid? (Rich?)
C Ross June 15, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Oh, and I forgot to say that the BEST part of the Festival (for me and my friends, anyway), was the closing sing-along led by Matt Hartwell-Herrero. So much fun!
Richard Pedemonte June 15, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Where do you live Willy? I promise not to come bother you but I'd sure like to know what you consider a real community.
Richard Pedemonte June 15, 2012 at 06:06 AM
No I do not get paid Cindy. I just enjoy doing it. The festival has one paid staff member who keeps our records in order and takes care of mundane but essential things like permits, equipment orders, etc. Its a modest hourly rate.
John Sergeant June 15, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Next year why don't we completely do away with the present Festival format. Instead we could have a giant Festival with no alcohol, no fun of any kind, no outsiders and long prison terms for anyone who smokes the killer weed marijuana. John Sergeant
Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Y'all need to keep the discussion civil and respectful. No fostering hate. No profanity. No personal attacks. Please realize if this behavior continues I will suspend user privileges. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.
Selena Xochitl Martinez June 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This has become very sad. abuse a community forum and drive away people, all that it's left is people hating each other.
Jason June 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Freedom of speech. Just watch what you say. Don't expose the truth, or else hell will be to pay. Welcome to fairfax!
anne June 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sierra Salin June 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The only folks that I "hear" being resistant to freedom of speech, are the ones griping about how corrupt, white, organic, drunk, drugged, stoned, ignorant, etc, Fairfax or everyone else, is, and from the look of the verbiage, I suspect that a couple or few of the commenters may be the same person, spewing, as is their right, what appears to be personal gripes and divisiveness. They also apparently know that their opinions are better than other folks, when in fact, we are all fool of it folks. How do we even have a conversation, within conflicting worldviews, experiences, and jerking knees of righteousness and certantude? There is little willingness or opening for communication or discussion here, and at the end of the day, just what are any of us doing to make this world a better place, or leaving anything livable for any life in the future? Love heals, folks, most everything else is bureaucratic, economic, political, apathetic, and/or ignorant bs and personal shortcomings, as we just mostly go along with it all. How are we living? Are we happy or taking care of each other ore the natural environments which support all life? Are we stewards or consumers? Us n them, me mine, and we have ours, to heck with everybody and everything else..... Drive on buy and consume into oblivion. Oops. Let go of the story's folks. Can we quit professing and just be kind?
Rosemary Wakeham June 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I don't think someone who has moved far away has any right, really, to criticize his old town. Was he even there at the festival this year? This forum is about the festival, go somewhere else to spew venom at the town and its people.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Jason, I've had to remove two comments from you on this thread. It is possible to have a healthy dialogue while being civil and disrespectful, and without making violent comments or allegations. If you continue to demonstrate you're not capable of this, I will suspend you. Consider this a warning.
Jason June 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
None are more hopelessly Enslaved than those that falsely believe they are free. Welcome to fascist Fairfax, where people have no rights and are told to go somewhere else if their opinion is not accepted.
Sierra Salin June 16, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Here is my footage from the 2012 Fairfax Festival Parade & a lil bit of music. Please pass it along to anyone interested. My "float" is in about 4min. I LOVE the Hippity Hops, which are in a couple min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D73fpaQBI_s&list=UUOkIhg8b9Kdr7f7QQ6r1j5g&index=1&feature=plcp
Pam Hartwell July 02, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Just to be clear, Fairfax is actually the only Green Party majority town council in the country. So, not sure where the Obama piece fits and since we don't have any zombies, I guess we are just left with some hippies. Haters have to hate.


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