CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) – A one-of-a-kind partnership puts a new Carbondale company in the spotlight this weekend.
The city’s first and only marijuana dispensary joins Carbondale Main Street in thanking residents for their support.
Saturday night off Washington Street between Route 13 this area will be filled with food, vendors, activities and live music as cannabis partners with Carbondale Main Street to host the very first SO ILL Fest 7-10.
“It kind of pulls us into post-pandemic events, so it’s going to be a good test,” said Meghan Cole.
Cole is the executive director of Carbondale Main Streets.
Cole talks about Main Street’s first partnership with Consume Cannabis, a Saturday Street party the two groups managed to put together in just one month.
“The focus of this event is really on live music, cannabis obviously cannot be consumed at a local festival in a parking lot without the proper license, so it won’t be a big cannabis party,” Cole said.
In fact, Consume’s digital marketing manager tells us that it’s more of a big thank you to the community. She says the dispensary has received great support in its first year and hopes the event will showcase the kind of relationship they want to continue to build in Carbondale.
“We’re here to support our downtown business district, we’re also here to support the community as a whole,” Cole said. “Downtown is for everyone, who am I to say if it’s for an 8 or 80 year old or a cannabis user or a music lover.”
In case it rains on Saturday, Cole says they have a plan for it.
“So if it’s raining heavily, we can move the vendors inside and we’ll have signage that appropriates that,” Cole said. “We can have a concert in the rain as long as there is no lightning.”
It is no coincidence that the festival takes place tomorrow, as 7-10 is considered a marijuana party. Additionally, it starts at 4:20 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, recognizing another pot related number and will end at 9:00 p.m.
This event features Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Tawl Paul and Slappin Henry Blue as well as Banjo Joe.
The event is also BYOB, but no glassware. The town of Carbondale, downtown, is also free of open containers.
You can find more information on Carbondale Mainstreets Facebook page.
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