Save Camp Zoe!

Save Camp Zoe!

December 24th, 2010
By Jeremy Lach
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Camp Zoe was the home of 3 magical nights of The String Cheese Incident at the Big Summer Classic festival in 2007. This was the first time I saw Cheese and it really was a significant reason why this website exists. The federal government is attempting to shut down this incredible venue. Please help out in any way you can. Below is a statement from the Camp Zoe website:

Dear friends and family of Camp Zoe. We are sad to report the federal government is apparently attempting to shut down Camp Zoe. They raided the campground on Monday, November 1, 2010 around 7:30 a.m.. They had a search warrant looking for gate revenue from the Spookstock 9 (Oct. 29+30) festival weekend and any financial records. They came in with 70+ officers from the IRS, DEA, Homeland Security, Highway patrol, and local & regional police officers. They confiscated gate receipt money from the weekend that was not already deposited in the bank. They also confiscated some computers and some paperwork from the file cabinets in the offices onsite. One patron was arrested for previous warrants unrelated to Camp Zoe. The same day the DEA seized all the money in the Camp Zoe bank account – which included most of the gate receipts for the Spookstock 9 weekend. This money was to be used to pay staff, artists, security, production (lights & sound), trash pickup, etc. for the festival weekend. It was also to be used for the basic bills for Camp Zoe to get the business through the winter – mortgage, electric, insurance, phones, advertising, staff, etc. On November 8 they also filed an application to seize the Camp Zoe property. No arrest warrants have yet been issued for any of the Camp Zoe staff or owners. All of us at Camp Zoe are doing everything we can to prevent the land seizure and to get the money back they took from the business. We have hired a team of attorneys to represent us on all these matters. Many of you have already reached out to offer financial help as well as moral support. We do really appreciate it.

Find out more: Official Statement from CampZoe.comSave Camp Zoe Charity

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6 Responses to “Save Camp Zoe!”

  1. Matt B says:

    One of the most beautiful places in the U.S., and three of the best incidents ive ever seen…save camp zoe

  2. shwagkid says:

    this is awesome this is on the string cheese site! i was hoping it would get much needed attention on this level. its probably not true but ive heard rumors travis might have some ownership over the property? thats just a rumor although i have heard it from several peopple….. anyone?

  3. todd says:

    I’d give some $$, if I could get copies of the DVD’s from that weekend

  4. jeff says:

    I am not aware of any DVD’s available for SCI’s 08-03-07 thru 08-05-07 run at Camp Zoe, but CD’s of the concerts are available at . Video of Schwagstock 39 , 2008 at Camp Zoe featuring Bill Nershi, Drew Emmitt, Scott Law, Michael Kang, Keith Moseley, and Jeff Sipe (The Good Ol’ Boys band) is available at .

  5. Jeff says:

    Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that people in the state of Missouri do not share our beliefs in what constitutes a fun environment or a good time. I base this upon the attitude I saw from security staff that was hired for the event, as well as the police in the surrounding area, and even some local folks whom we asked directions from due to the site not being entirely easy to find!! If events like this are not welcome there, then let’s not force ourselves upon them.

    I would love to have future events at Camp Zoe, as I also had a blast in 2007, and it was one of my favorite memories from that year. However, sentimentality aside, there are literally thousands of beautiful locations across this great country. Many of these are in areas where events like the BSC would be welcome, or at least tolerated.

    I’d rather go somewhere where people aren’t looking at us like we are not welcome. Let’s join other free-thinking individuals and celebrate our common ground instead of ignoring the judging looks of other.

    Long-live Camp Zoe, but I’m going to go on the path of least-resistance.

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