Before yesterday I had never heard of the Pickathon. But then again I don’t live in Portland, Oregon. This 3-day Indie Roots music festival came to my attention when a festival-goer wrote to tell me — are you sitting down folks — about the access upgrades for the 2011 event. So of course, I had to learn more.
Held at Pendarvis Farm, just outside of Portland, Pickathon 2011 is slated for August 5-7. This 80-acre forested horse ranch will be home to six stages which will provide continuous music during the weekend. There will also be select food and beverage vendors, a crafts fair and plenty of spots to pitch a tent there.
And as far as access goes, as I said, that hasn’t been overlooked. Access features include:
- Electrical outlets for charging wheelchairs in the accessible viewing areas of the outdoor stages and the accessible campsites.
- Accessible campsites in a shaded area.
- Accessible walkways and concert viewing areas.
- Volunteer personal care attendants.
- Free admission for personal care attendants.
- Larger and more private accessible bathroom options.
- Gator transportation available for manual wheelchair-users .
Sounds like they’ve thought of everything. And if camping isn’t your thing, you can always enjoy the creature comforts of Portland during the night, and hop on the Green Line and mosey on out to Pendavaris Farm each day.
Maybe we’ll even wander up to the Pickathon this year. It would be a great follow-up to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and I’d love to check out their access upgrades in person.
For more information about Pickathon, visit www.pickathon.com or e-mail info@Pickathon.com.
See ya there!
Edited to add:’ As of this date, some of the access changes mentioned above are tentative. They are under consideration thanks to the feedback of a wheelchair-user who attends the festival. Contact festival management directly before buying your tickets to determine if the access meets your needs. 4-4-11