City to consider waivers to launch the second year of Tilted Earth

COTTONWOOD-- Preparations are getting underway for a second outing of the popular Tilted Earth Music and Wine Festival. Once again, the fest is slated to be held at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, the summer solstice. This year the festival will be a two day affair, June 19 and 20.

Page Springs Cellars which created the festival, says it is a celebration of the seasons, which cannot occur without the Earth's 23.5 degree tilt of its axis.

Once again, the festival will pair quality music with quality local wines in a shaded riparian setting. The city is enthusiastic about the event, which creates a unique music festival during an otherwise slow time of the year for tourism activity. The music festival is also a good replacement for the Rhythm & Ribs event which had mixed reviews.

But, because the festival is to be held on the hottest days of the year, sponsors are asking that the city waive some of its codes. The first would permit alcohol to be served in the city park with a waiver of its restriction of "no-glass bottles", and "beer, and other malt beverages."

The second waiver would allow the use of misters to cool the crowd on the year's hottest day. Cottonwood Demand Reduction strategy water alert restricts "Cooling of outdoor areas with water or misting devices is prohibited." Also drinking water cannot be replaced with reclaimed water for misting use.

The council will consider the waivers during its 6 p.m. Tuesday evening meeting at the Cottonwood Council Chambers, 826 N. Main Street.

A second matter concerning parks would copy a Kingman example to restrict smoking to clearly identified areas in city parks. The proposed ordinance would build upon the smoking restrictions in public areas, while reducing the problem of cigarette litter.

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