Maplewoodstock may be five months away, but plans are heating up to make this -- the event's 10th anniversary -- one for the history books.
"It will be bigger and better than ever," said organizer Gary Shippy. "We are going to spend more money on our closing acts."
The word around town is that Joan Osborne will close Sunday's show, a rumor that Shippy would neither confirm nor deny. He did say that a relatively unknown but "fun, lively, danceable" act was expected to close on Saturday.
What can be confirmed are the following details:
- Maplewoodstock is the weekend of July 13 and 14.
- Band applications are being accepted until Sunday, March 10. There are spots for 22 local bands. Apply here.
- T-Shirt design contest closes March 8. Enter here.
- This year for the first time, there will be a Maplewoodstock bumpersticker.
- The Beer Garden will be back.
- The KidZone will be expanded to include something with a musical theme.
- There will be some new food vendors this year, TBD.
Finally, it is sure to be one of the most fun weekends you can possibly have without leaving Maplewood.
Maplewoodstock is completely free, and the event is funded by sales of T-shirts, food and merchandise; fees from vendors and bands; advertisers; and a donation from HK Project.
One thing Shippy and the organizers are hoping to not see this time around is a repeat of last year's heat wave, where temperatures exceeded the 100 degree mark.
"We take a bit of a gamble each year with the weather," he said.