Electric Forest brings good people and profit for some locals

Electric Forest

ROTHBURY, MI. - Electric Forest Festival weekend two just kicked off and for Tristen Moore, that means more money.

Tristen Moore drove home to Rothbury, Mich., from her current home in Georgia, solely for the festival. But she isn't attending -- instead, she and her parents set up a stand outside their home just a few miles from the Forest campgrounds, where they sell water and bandanas. 

Moore's family receives free tickets to the festival each year as a compensation for the noise. She said that she and her family usually sell their tickets or give them away because they don't care for attending the festival. They do enjoy the people and profit it brings into town. 

Thousands stopped by between this weekend and last, Moore said. This is the first year Electric Forest held two separate weekends.

The festival receives mixed reviews from the community it takes over each summer over the last five years. 

The festival brings in tens of thousands of people mostly from out of state. Businesses owners like Scott Lewis don't experience the same success during the festival. 

Lewis owns a shop and petting zoo called Lewis Farms, which he said does not appeal to festival goers. It's a family oriented spot, and aside from the occasional people asking to use the restroom-- most of the Forest crowd passes right by the shop. 

Lewis said the influx of traffic outside his shop is always a bit inconvenient as it can steer customers away.

But ultimately, he doesn't mind the festival and said it's brought some positives to the area. 

If you're interested in learning more about Electric Forest or attending the festival, you can buy tickets here. 

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