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Mazfest: Peace, love and music in Roscoe

Katie and Miguel from the Secular Sextets

The staff of Mazfest is made up almost entirely of friends and family volunteers. “It’s one big unit that doesn’t work without the individual pieces. It’s not just blood family, which there is a lot of, but it’s friends that are so close they are family. Without that fully functional unit, this couldn’t happen,” Matt said. Mazfest also gives back to the community in donations to the fire department and volunteer Aambulance corps. (Luckily, no one in the peaceful environment of Mazfest needed any medical attention this time around.)

However, on the first night, when a father came to pick up his 14-year-old daughter, Jesse, at 11 p.m., and nobody knew where she was, it caused a serious panic. Announcements were made over the sound system for Jesse to report to the parking lot, but she was nowhere to be found. As it turned out, Jesse was waiting up the road where she had originally arranged to meet with her dad—who drove past her in the darkness. When the announcement was made that she was finally found, the whole campsite cheered.

Ultimately, Mazfest was a hit. Everyone had a great time jamming for three days and camping out for two epic nights. Douglas said that there were about 300 people at the festival this year, and that they hope to have close to 1,000 next year. “We’re making some efforts to put more money into promotion and advertisement, but for the most part it’s my family and friends sitting in the attic or garage just talking about what we can do to make it better,” said Bryan Smith. Mazfest shows no signs of slowing down and next year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.