People of The Forest.

July 6, 2018

Kerry Malik

People of The Forest.

By Warren Schuitema, Contributing Writer.

ROTHBURY — ​Over the past two weekends, June 21-24 and June 28 through July 1, Oceana County has been the host of nearly 70,000 festival attendees during the eighth annual Electric Forest Festival at the Double JJ Resort.

When walking around the festival grounds, people of all ages could be seen enjoying the music and interactive attractions. After talking to a number of attendees, one thing can be certain: The people are what makes the Forest a one-of-a-kind place. #EF2018 #EightDaysOfForest #ElectricForest

Margo Ellis
Traveled from: Brooklyn, New York.

Margo Ellis

Number of Years Attended: This was my fifth forest – I’ve been every year since 2014.
Weekend Attended: Weekend 2
Why do you come back to Forest: It’s a giant family reunion. That feeling of closeness, connectedness; I’m my best version of myself there because I’m surrounded by such love and passion.

John Winters
Traveled From: Lexington, Kentucky.
Number of Years Attended: Two years.
Weekend Attended: Weekend 1
Favorite Part of Forest: I love making the trek to Electric Forest

John Winters

almost exclusively for the experience of spending so much time with like-minded people. The positivity throughout the crowd and the acceptance of every kind of lifestyle, fashion, and preference is truly spectacular. It’s like coming home to 40,000 family members.

Kerry Malik
Traveled from: Metro Detroit
Number of Years Attended: Weekend 2 was my sixth forest.
Weekend Attended: Both weekends
Why do you come back to Forest: The people! I’ve come to discover that life is less about what you’re doing and more about who you’re doing it with. The Forest has a way of bringing together such a loving and unique group from all walks of life, I can’t think of more extraordinary people to celebrate it with. There’s a reason we call each other “Forest Fam.” Rothbury is our home. Electric Forest is our reunion.

Torie and Timmie DePauw
Traveled from: Davenport, Iowa.

Torie and Timmie DePauw

Number of Years Attended: Timmie has been to Forest for eight years – since it was Rothbury. This is Torie’s fourth Forest.
Weekend Attended: Weekend 2
Favorite Part of Forest: Torie’s favorite part of Electric Forest is meeting forever friends and dancing into the night with them. Timmie’s favorite part of the Forest is all of the interactive art and the adult playground.

 

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