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Snowy Range Music Festival’s future in Laramie uncertain

Carl Weathersby

The Snowy Range Music Festival organizers are considering moving the festival to another city after low local ticket sales.

While sales for the fifth annual festival were up from last year,  festival director Carl Gustafson says they were still lower than expected. While he would prefer to keep the show in Laramie, he’s not sure if that will be possible.   

“I’d love to give it to the community, but my investors are saying, ‘If the community doesn’t want it, then let’s take it to a community that does.’ So, we get one more year; we’ll see what happens. If we can get 3300 sales, it’s going to stay here, if we don’t, well,” Gustafson mused, “I guess I’ll be renting an apartment in Boulder the next summer.”

Gustafson is a Laramie native, and he hopes that an increase in community support along with word of mouth endorsements will bring more music lovers to next year’s event.

Chelsea Biondolillo is originally from Portland, Oregon and comes to Laramie by way of several southern cities, including New Orleans, Austin, and Phoenix. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming in creative nonfiction and environmental studies and her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Phoebe, DIAGRAM, Birding, and others. Chelsea loves plants, birds, and rocks, and tries to spend as much time as she can around them.
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