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Whether soggy or cold, Springfest will go on (with a few changes)

Soggy ground and cold weather threatened to kill this year's Springfest in Grand Forks' University Park, but park officials gave the nod Tuesday for the event to happen.

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Molly Woodbeck dances on top of a picnic table at Springfest in University Park Saturday in Grand Forks.Herald photo by John Stennes.

Soggy ground and cold weather threatened to kill this year's Springfest in Grand Forks' University Park, but park officials gave the nod Tuesday for the event to happen.

Springfest's layout will need a few alterations to ensure vehicles hauling equipment and selling concessions won't damage the park's soft ground.

"The park will only be open to foot traffic," said Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of recreation for the Grand Forks Park District.

That means all equipment needed for the event, from fencing to portable toilets, must be brought in by hand.

The district's mobile stage will be parked on North 23rd Street and face the event area, which will be located in the park's southeast corner. Concession vehicles will be parked on University Avenue and also serve facing the park.

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North 23rd Street and the parking lane of University Avenue are usually closed during the event so traffic will not be affected by the repositioning of the vehicles, Palmiscno said.

The thousands of young adults expected to pack into the park for the musical event shouldn't have to worry about muddy conditions, according to Palmiscno.

"The park has dried up pretty well," he said.

Other options

Last week, the park was still covered in snow and pools of water.

Event sponsor Rhombus Guys called out to its fans to help clear University Park of snow. The pizzeria organized a snowman-building contest in the park April 22 with the goal being to roll as much snow out of the event area as possible.

If the park had been unsuitable for the event, Town Square and part of South Third Street in downtown Grand Forks would have been the alternate location.

Setup for Springfest will begin Friday with the event set to kick off at noon on Saturday. Admission is $5 and wristbands will be used to identify concertgoers who are of legal drinking age.

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Call Jewett at (701) 780-1108; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1108; or send email to bjewett@gfherald.com .

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