Updated 07/12/2012 01:03 PM
Camp Bisco music festival comes to Mariaville
Imagine your small, quiet neighborhood being invaded by thousands of people. Well that's what's happening to folks in Mariaville, as 20,000 dance music fans arrive for Camp Bisco this weekend. Haven't heard of it? Our Megan Cruz explains, and tell us why this event has residents staying home.
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MARIAVILLE, N.Y. -- It's a great big dance party for close to 20,000 music fans, but for people living in Mariaville, they said Camp Bisco is usually a big headache.
"Last year, this road was in gridlock for over 18 hours," said Mariaville resident Sue Weakley. "It was beyond annoying. We were held hostage in our own home because we couldn't leave because we'd never get back."
"My husband actually took the day off this year because of traffic," said Weakley's neighbor Jennifer DiCaprio. "It's usually a pain getting home."
But this year, residents said organizers really got their act together, letting people into the Indian Lookout Country Club a night earlier.
"They've done these holding areas and they've opened more gates," said DiCaprio. "It's just working out well, nobody's hanging out on the streets."
Which means less use for these porta-pottys organizers had put in place.
"Rather than use our lawns, which happened last year," said Weakley.
Frank Potter, the owner of Indian Lookout said, "I certainly apologize to them and we've done everything we can to try to stop that."
Potter said part of why there's so much congestion is because they thoroughly search every vehicle that comes in.
"What we search for is glass, knives, anything that may look like contraband," he said. "And we have a zero tolerance for drugs here. Totally zero. I don't care what you have."
But alcohol is allowed.
Some residents said they're still not big fans of the three-day festival, but appreciate efforts to keep things under control.
"They're trying everything they can do and if it works they can continue having their concerts," said Weakley.
Great news for fans who have traveled from all over the country.
Shane O'Neil from New York City said, "We don't get a lot of opportunities on the East Coast to go to these festivals so this is the best chance I have of camping out and going hard."
The State Police and the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office will be on hand to help supervise.