The countdown has begun for the annual Pickathon music festival. Four whole days packed with more than 50 artists geared up and ready to go. Now in its 18th year, Pickathon continues to be one the best -- some even say the best -- North American festivals, and it’s easy to see why. Here are 3 reasons why we love Pickathon and are proud to sponsor it each year.
1. A common association with festivals is the plastic and paper waste that thousands of music-lovers produce. Over the years, sustainability action has really taken off on the Pendarvis Farm -- from reusable cups to dish washing stations. In 2010, Pickathon banned single-use cups and partnered with Kleen Kanteen, allowing attendees to buy a stainless steel cup (ring included) to attach to belts or packs. The next year, disposable containers and silverware disappeared as festival-goers exchanged tokens: give a token to vendors, eat food from bamboo bowls and plates, then drop off at the washing station in exchange for another token. The festival even has solar panels providing a portion of its energy.
2. Along with staying green, Pickathon sports some cool stages. With the help of Guildworks, a local design firm that creates architectural installations made from fabrics which are suspended in the air, the main stagestage is a must see even by itself. In recent years, if you angle it right, the canvas behind the stage looks like Mt. Hood. The Woods stage is a sight as well -- sticks overlapping each other, forming an arch-like dome where artists perform amongst the trees.
3. Speaking of artists... Pickathon is sure to have a well-rounded lineup. In addition to the indie music staple, the festival is about showcasing incredible artists, regardless of whether or not anyone has heard of them before. This year, a fantastic blend of genres, from soul to jazz to hip hop, hits the stage. The best part is, each group performs twice, so if you’re looking for a challenge, you can try to see every single artist.
This year’s Pickathon is looking good. Dig out your tent, don some shades, and prepare for an unforgettable musical experience. We’ll see you there.