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Page 4C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press August 16, 2017 BY MOSES LEOS III There was something special about Camp Ben McCulloch during the Old Settler's Music Festival (OSMF) that Dripping Springs resident Jim Hud- son will forever remem- ber. Many people know OS- MF's tenure in Driftwood for the throngs of fans and the multiple stages that populated the Salt Lick Pavilion since 2002. Across FM 1826, those who chose to rough it out at Camp Ben during the fo.ur-day festival are treat- ed to "good music and a fun exchange of people," Hudson said. All of that will be gone, however, as OSMF orga- nizers announced they no longer have a place in Hays County to call home. In a press release, OSMF organizers Friday said they are being forced to move after Scott Rob- erts, owner of the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood, opted to not host the fes- rival in 2018. As a result, organiz- ers will instead hold the 2018 festival on a recently purchased 145-acre prop- erty in Dale, a small com- munity just outside of Lockhart. According to the re- lease, organizers for the 30-year-old festival were "surprised and disap- pointed" to receive a let- ter from Roberts on Aug. 8 regarding the cancella- tion at the Salt Lick. Organizers had planned for one final celebratory festival at the Salt Lick Pavilion site in 2018. In June, organiz- ers for OSMF purchased 145-acres near Dale as the future site of the festival, which was to be unveiled at a later date. The final festival in "We have enjoyed our 15-year association with the Salt Lick, throughout the years introducing over 220,000 people throughout Texas and the world to the Salt Lick's delicious barbecue. They have been very generous over the years, as have the officials and people of Hays county." - Jean Spivey, festival executive director. Driftwood would have honored Roberts, the Salt Lick and "everyone in- volved." However, Roberts said in his letter that his decision was "based on changing use of the sur- rounding property and concern about alienating his new neighbors." Roberts is planning to develop a 560-acre, mixed-use luxury devel- opment called Driftwood. The development is ex- pected to house as many as 8,000 residential units that have a price tag of $1 million or more. "We have enjoyed our 15-year association with the Salt Lick, throughout the years introducing over 220,000 people through- out Texas and the world to the Salt Lick's delicious barbecue. They have been very generous over the years, as have the officials and people of Hays coun- ty," said festival executive director Jean Spivey. The new location in Dale is the third site for OSME which began at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock in 1987. The new site doubles the festival's space "and allows for numerous improvements, accord- ing to the release. Johnny Harvey, board president for OSMF, said board members concluded the festival had outgrown the space available at the Salt Lick Pavilion. That deci- sion was made based on feedback over the last two years. "Given the Salt Lick's decision, we're really glad we purchased this prop- erty when we did," Har- vey said. "The purchase will allow Old Settler's to design and develop a festival site and camping- oriented facility that will soon be known as one of the premier event loca- tions in Texas." The departure of the festival brings mixed emotions for Hudson, who has attended the OSMF for the past 29 years. He feels the move could be a good thing "in the long run" if nec- essary infrastructure is put in place to accom- modate RVs and camp- ers. He hopes the new location in Dale could replicate a similar feel of isolation as at Camp Ben. Hudson said he's "staying tuned" on whether to attend next year's festival or not. But the days of put- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III With the lights shining bright, a special guest performs during Wimberley resident Sarah Jarosz's set at the 2017 Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood. Bluegrass and Americana music will move away from Driftwood next year as the OSMF will be held near Lockhart in 2018. ting folding chairs in something Hudson will a good thing. But I'll be Onion Creek and playing continue to remember,surprised if it turns out guitars and mandolins is "This move could be to be," Hudson said. WORRIED YOU HAD TOO MUCH SUMMER SUN THIS YEAR? Too much sun exposure today can cause tasting damage to your skin. Visit skin specialist Dr. Alex .lack in Kyle to learn about Sun Damage & Skin Cancer Prevention. Alex Jack, MD Board Cer fled Dermatologist PHOTO BY TIMOTHEY STUCKEY Local retail stores felt the effects of tax-free weekend this past weekend. 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