Hillbilly celebration helping veterans this year

HEBRON-- Harold Brooks is changing his beer camping tent at the Redneck "Blank" Pig Roast and Music Fest to a veterans camping tent for a barbecue and fundraiser.The founder and organizer of the four-day festival has likewise replaced his standard Confederate fight flag with a red, white and blue flag for the eighth annual event Aug. 2-5. Brooks participated in a public hearing prior to the Board of Selectmen on June 25 to answer concerns and send documents for a mass-gathering permit.The BYOB celebration draws countless campers and revelers to his 210-acre home on Harold Lane each summertime for live music, food and games. Selectmen Elizabeth Olsen, Dan Eichorn and Chairman Richard Deans stated Brooks needs to furnish documents, consisting of proof of liability insurance and confirmation of appropriate law enforcement personnel.Brooks. stated he altered the banner flag on his event Facebook page and posters, and the beer tent to promote his cooperation with the

Lewiston Veterans Center.Brooks, a contractor, told selectmen the choice came during a building task to boost a barn. When he reached the task website, someone was baking bread."She's cooking a lot of bread,"he said."I asked her,'Exactly what are you cooking all the bread for?' "He was told it was to raise cash for the Lewiston Veterans Center's July

4 barbecue. He decided to close the beer tent, move it a little farther away from the phase and put

the veterans in it for a barbecue and fundraising event."It was simple to do it. They had a requirement,"he said.No one from the public participated in the public hearing. Selectmen stated they have One Month from the date of the finished application to act upon it.The Mass Event Regulation was approved by voters in 2012, some state in

action to the very first hillbilly celebration. The regulation regulates events that bring in more than 300 individuals and last at least six hours.

An application must be submitted at least 60 days before the event. The board can impose conditions to safeguard the public and nearby

[email protected]!.?.!Harold Brooks, creator of the Redneck"Blank"Pig Roast and Music Fest informed the Hebron Board of Selectmen throughout a June 25 public hearing that having 4 Maine State Cops officers on hand during the occasion has made a"big distinction"in individuals 'habits.

(Leslie H. Dixon/Advertiser Democrat