City of South Lake Tahoe approves two-year contract extension for SnowGlobe, amidst venue and financial concerns

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 25, 2016 / comments

By Autumn Whitney, Tribune File Photo.  SnowGlobe, South Shore's three-day electronic dance music festival that leads up to New Year's, extended its contract with the City of South Lake Tahoe for two more years, through 2018.

SnowGlobe Music Festival has attracted thousands of people to Tahoe’s South Shore for the past five years, and it will continue to do so for at least three more. The electric dance music festival received a two-year extension to its contract with the City of South Lake Tahoe. The contract extension is contingent on Lake Tahoe Community College’s approval. The new agreement expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Upon entering Tuesday’s (July 19) South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting, SnowGlobe producer Chad Donnelly’s goal was to extend the contract by 10 years. He walked away with a fifth of what he was after, however.

“I don’t think this council is in a position right now to do the 10-year [plan], but definitely I think council will look at the three-year [plan],” city councilman Tom Davis said Tuesday.

Council members also expressed concern over city costs associated with the event, as Donnelly requested funding increases, including transportation and trash.

Currently, the City of South Lake Tahoe directly contributes $25,000 to SnowGlobe each year, plus city staff hours associated with necessary services, and Lake Tahoe Visitors Association contributes $50,000. Donnelly asked the city on Tuesday to increase its contribution to SnowGlobe by $5,000 annually.

Worry over potential damage to new playing fields near the college, the site of the event, was discussed as well...

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