Monday, June 27, 2011

Mariposa Folk Festival 2011...
Information You'll Need

      This Mariposa article is a informational one in nature, in other words I’ve got some things for y’all to take in before heading out for your Mariposa Weekend (July the 8th to the 10th in case you have forgotten). 

     Parking-There will be as in the past on-site parking available on a first-come first-served basis at a cost of $10 per day. (Let’s just hope the rain holds off this year and doesn’t flood the back lots out). New this year is 50 accessible parking spots; they will be located at the front gate (Accessible Parking Permit required). If all of the designated accessible parking spots are occupied when you arrive, the parking volunteers will help you find a suitable parking alternative.

Shuttle Busses-The organizers of the Mariposa folk Festival have always make it a point to push the usage of the Shuttle Busses as a means to get back and forth during the Festival, it frees up traffic jams and if you are going to indulge in a few “pops” it is obviously the only way to go. 

    The buses start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The last bus will leave the festival site at 12:30 p.m. each night. The pick-up points are:

  David H. Church School 
  Brian Orser Arena 
  Lions Oval
  Orillia Square Mall
  West Ridge Place (former Walmart store)

Bikes-Another great way to get to the Festival is by bike, and the Mariposa Festival has a free bicycle parking compound located just inside the main entrance, lock your bike up and enjoy the day.

Chairs and Blankets- There is a new policy this year concerning chairs, blankets and other personal effects left overnight at the festival site. You cannot leave them at the site overnight anymore; people have been leaving their chairs and blankets in front of the main stage to “save their spots” for the entire weekend, and in my opinion that’s not fair, it should be a first-come first-spot sort of deal (you know what I mean). All items left behind will be removed each night after the close of the main stage and placed in an unsecured compound located behind the accreditation tent where they may be retrieved during festival hours. All items left overnight are left at your own risk.

Youth and Young Adults-There are some really great discounts for kids and young adults this year (I feel really old typing Young Adult). A Weekend Pass for Young Adults (age 17-24) is only $55, A Weekend Pass for Youth (age 13-16) is only $12, and don’t forget Children 12 and under are admitted FREE!

Water Station-When coming to the festival this year why not bring your own refillable cup or bottle to use, it can be refilled at the Eausis Water Station. This water station is one of the best inventions I have seen in years. Do you remember just a few years ago the large bags filled with empty water bottles, can you just imagine how many of those would be used in an entire weekend at a festival? The Eausis Water Station comes along and changes the whole game, just walk up with your refillable cup or bottle and get yourself a cold drink of water just like that...oh and if I forgot to mention it's FREE!

This year’s Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 8-10, Orillia, Ontario. This year’s line-up includes Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Peter Yarrow, Lunch at Allen’s, John McDermott, Ron Hynes, Garnet Rogers, Adonis Puentes and many more on eleven stages throughout the beautiful Tudhope Park on the shores of Lake Couchiching.
There will be Audience camping available at nearby Burl’s Creek Family Event Park

All ticket categories are now on sale at

Kids 12 and under are admitted free. There is discounted pricing for youth and young adults.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

***Another SURPRISE GUEST has been booked for this years Mariposa Folk Festival...I wonder who it is***

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