The Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission is unanimously recommending approval of a permit for Mother Nature’s Ball.
The Commission held a public hearing on Debra Keefe’s request for a conditional use permit during its meeting Tuesday night. Keefe is planning Mother Nature’s Ball for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, at her Chimney Rock Campground in Bluffton Township. She sought to have the event annually for 10 years, starting this year, but the Commission only approved a one-year permit.
The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors will consider the Commission’s recommendation at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18.
According to Keefe’s application, Mother Nature’s Ball will consist of 10 live bands performing from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. However, a condition of the Commission’s approval is that music be stopped at midnight.
The Commission also is recommending Chimney Rock provide proof of $5 million liability insurance and that the campground provide two certified security officers, whose names will be provided to the zoning administrator and law enforcement.
No admission will be charged for the Ball and the event is designed for entertainment of campers with an average attendance in recent years of about 300, Keefe’s application stated. The campground does not sell or serve alcohol.
“Mother Nature’s Ball was first performed in 1998 at Chimney Rock and has been conducted annually since that time. There have been no incidents and no arrests on the premises in the 15 years of this event,” she said.
An ag trailer will serve as the temporary stage for the bands.