OGDEN -- If you hear odd noises emanating from Fort Buenaventura late into the evening this weekend, and that bothers you, your best bet might be to just grab some earplugs.
A private event will be held at Fort Buenaventura beginning Friday at noon and will continue until Sunday at noon.
Details on the event are somewhat scarce because it is private, but Pamela Stevens, who has helped organize the weekend event, said the gathering is meant to celebrate the fall equinox and will feature live music from local bands and DJs.
During the event, Fort Buenaventura will be closed to everyone except those who have been invited to the event.
"We keep it private so we can have better crowd control," Stevens said. "That way we know exactly who's there and exactly how many people will be there."
Stevens said organizers expect about 800 people to attend the three-day event.
She also said that the amplified sound and music playing at the event could last until 3 a.m.
The group has been issued a noise ordinance variance under Ogden City's special events application, meaning that normal noise ordinances won't apply to the group during the weekend celebration.
That also means that nearby residents who might be irritated by the noise shouldn't bother calling the police.
"We wanted to get the word out and let people know about that so they aren't placing any unnecessary burden on the police," Stevens said.
Residents who live along A Avenue in west Ogden -- those closest to any excessive noise generated by the event -- say they are unaware of the event, but don't necessarily have a problem with the idea.
"I haven't heard anything about it, but there's usually always some kind of noise coming from the Fort," said Carla Rodriguez, who has lived on A Avenue for 10 years. "I guess 3 a.m. might be pushing it a little, but when there are music festivals going, they are so far down there that you can't hear anything. Sometimes during the Mountain Man rendezvous you can hear drumming. That's really about it."
Clint Eccles also lives in the area and said he doesn't anticipate any problems from the event, though he too had heard nothing about it.
"They play loud music at the Amphitheater in Ogden and that kind of funnels right through here, so we are always hearing that kind of stuff," he said. "It's not like it's a huge nuisance. I don't think this sounds much different."
Ortencia Muniz said much of the same.
"I don't really have a problem with it, until it becomes a problem," she said. "If it gets crazy and loud and out of control, then I won't like it."
Stevens said the professional soundstages that will be used at the event will be pointed away from the homes on A Avenue and toward the train tracks, which run to the immediate east of Fort Buenaventura. She also said she would be passing out fliers and earplugs to A Avenue residents sometime before the event is set to begin.
Jennifer Graham, who works in Weber County's Recreational Facilities Department said the group has held the event before with few problems.
Graham said private parties are able to rent out the entire Fort for $1,000 per night. Graham said Boy Scout events, family reunions, corporate picnics and RV clubs are the typical groups that rent space.
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