Jason Aldean is scheduled to play at the Willamette Country Music Festival in 2019, Now the Festival just needs a place to set up shop. The Linn County Board of Commissioners failed to renew the festivals license for the 2019 site indicating a lack of a public safety plan as one of the primary reasonings. There were an estimated 40 vendors with unpaid claims against the Eugene based LLC that runs the event.
Meanwhile, This reporter has learned that Anne Hankins who was president of WCMC and ran the event this last year pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2001. According to court documents, Hankins borrowed $350,000 from U.S. Bank by submitting a false loan application.A federal judge sentenced her to 30 days in jail and ordered her to pay the money back. That case was in and out of federal court up until 2017. Hankins is no longer employed by WCMC. There was an offer to the WCMC for property usage out of Harrisburg for the event, however the permit through the local Sheriff could not be obtained, The Linn County Sheriff Yon indicated there were 136 calls for service at the event, and that a bill was submitted to WCMC by the Sheriff, and “we have heard nothing back.” According to the Sheriff’s department it was the worst the event has been since it has been going on. The event is sponsored by Bi-mart, they could not be reached for comment. With Hankins no longer in charge and no clear venue as of yet decided the event ticket sales are set to start. An offer to hold the event near Harrisburg has been submitted but it was submitted with Hankins name on it and as such represents an incomplete application. Nyquist, a spokesperson for the event, said they have not chosen a venue or found one as of yet, but are looking.
Written by Shaemus