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Sangamon River Music Festival organizers hope that a new plan for parking will solve the space issues that've plagued the event in the past.
The downtown venue is ideal for those living within walking distance—but parking lots near Main Street fill up quickly with cars.
This year, parking and shuttle service will be available at 13 Acres Park and at Lincoln Trail Elementary. The cost for the shuttle—a rented 15-passenger van—will be $1 each way, going toward recouping the cost of the rental.
The shuttle will be available on Saturday only, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Organizer Dave Parsons said that the festival committee is still looking for volunteers to help man the lots and direct traffic.
In addition, parking will be available in the grassy lot across from Mahomet IGA for those willing to walk the short distance to Main Street. Shuttle service will not be available from that lot.
Because some streets in central Mahomet will be shut down for the festival, guidance to the lots will be provided for out-of-town visitors.
"We're going to have a lot of signage up," Parsons said, noting that maps with the suggested routes would be available online as the date for the festival nears.
Sections of Division Street, one of the main routes through town, will be closed for the Raminator monster truck on Saturday, but will remain open on Friday night.