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Sasquatch! Music Festival comes to an end

UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Jacqueline Mack, left, of Grass Valley, Calif., Sarah Williams, center, of Edmonton, Alberta, and Zachary Dugan, right, of Grass Valley, Calif., dance to the groove of The Stepkids at the Bigfoot stage at the 2014 Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 23, 2014. (GENEVIEVE ALVAREZ / AP)
Jacqueline Mack, left, of Grass Valley, Calif., Sarah Williams, center, of Edmonton, Alberta, and Zachary Dugan, right, of Grass Valley, Calif., dance to the groove of The Stepkids at the Bigfoot stage at the 2014 Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 23, 2014. (GENEVIEVE ALVAREZ / AP)

They say all good things must come to an end. As organizers announced Thursday, the Sasquatch! Music Festival, which has marked Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre since 2002, becomes one of those things.

“Today we take a bow and bid a fond farewell to Sasquatch!,” festival founder and producer Adam Zacks said in a statement. “I will no longer be producing the festival, nor will it take place in 2019.”

Zacks didn’t give a reason for the festival’s closure, but he did mention that “17 years is a long time to do anything.”

Zacks also expressed gratitude for the artists and attendees who helped the festival grow from a one-day festival to an renowned three-day event.

“Sasquatch! will forever remain a tapestry of the people who worked with us, the artists who inspired us and the varied experiences of the fans who attended it,” he said.

In an article announcing the end of the festival, Seattle’s KEXP mentions a few by-the-numbers of Sasquatch! Zacks included in his statement: 1,026,095 tickets sold, 1,313 bands booked and $723,436 donated to nonprofits.

“May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on” Zacks said in closing. “Onward to the next adventure.”

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