Music, cannabis festival set at Stanislaus County Fairground

Wiz Khalifa will play at Dazed on the Green at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

Wiz Khalifa will play at Dazed on the Green at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

The Charlotte Observer

Music and cannabis combine for a large two-day festival coming to the Stanislaus County Fairground.

The Dazed on the Green Music Festival & Cannabis Expo will be held Sept. 17-18 at the grounds in Turlock, promising more than 40 national music artists, as well as several cannabis vendors.

Only people age 21 and older can attend.

Included on the music lineup are Queensryche, Dokken and the Dead Kennedys on Saturday; Wiz Khalifa, Cypress Hill, E-40 and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Sunday.

The festival is the brainchild of three Modesto friends.

“It’s really just three hometown guys trying to bring a music festival of our own to Stanislaus County,” co-producer Jason Williamson said.

Hey, Michael O’Leary and Mike Allsup are organizing the event. Williamson and O’Leary are 1988 graduates of Downey High. Allsup is a member of the classic rock band Three Dog Night and a Modesto native.

There will be four stages set up across the fairgrounds, according to Williamson. Saturday’s main stage will feature rock, while a second stage offers punk and metal. On Sunday, the main stage will be for hip-hop, with the second stage for punk music.

Both days will have a reggae stage and a local talent stage, the latter featuring Modesto-area performers, Williamson said.

There will also be fenced-off areas for the cannabis expo, with various vendors and cannabis for sale, he said. There will be a separate area where patrons can purchase beer and beer seltzers.

Also on site will be food trucks and other food vendors, according to Williamson.

There will be outdoor spaces designated for consuming cannabis and separate spaces for consuming alcohol, according to fairgrounds CEO Matt Cranford.

Cannabis is legal in California and Cranford said that they’ll be following the “strict and explicit guidelines” for such an event from the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Cranford said he’s excited to have such a large-scale event renting the fairgrounds. “There are a lot of great bands.”

Dazed on the Green will use up the majority of the grounds, he said, outside and some inside.

Williamson said that while it does have the cannabis expo, it’s primarily a music festival. “If you can imagine, an event inside an event,” he said.

Daily capacity will be capped at 10,000 people.

There is “a very comprehensive plan in place” for security, Cranford said, including members of the fairgrounds’ private security company, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the Turlock Police Department.

Security will be similar to what they have for the annual Stanislaus County Fair, he said.

“It’ll be a fun music festival,” Cranford said, adding it’s a first for the region. “I think it will be a fun time for all who come out.”

Dazed on the Green will be held from 11 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. Tickets are $99-$199. See dazedonthegreen.com for more.

Williamson said they hope to hold the festival and expo annually.

“We want a nice, safe fun event for everybody …,” he said. “It’s going to be a great music festival.”

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