See COVID-19 page for detailed information.
Friday morning entry to the festival will be at the Main Gate only. No parking along the road leading to the festival site until 9am on Friday morning. The roads must be kept clear so that emergency vehicles, school buses, and our neighbors can get through. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department.
Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 21. Minors in possession of alcohol will be ticketed, evicted and prosecuted.
Do not bring pets of any kind. Service dogs must be licensed and tagged by a recognized service animal training program.
Wear your wristband on your wrist where it can be seen all weekend. Be careful not to put your wristband on too tightly – they do not stretch. Persons without wrist tickets (wristbands) will be ejected from the Festival. If they return, they will be arrested & prosecuted. Persons with counterfeit wristbands will be ticketed, evicted and prosecuted. A private, uniformed security company will patrol the perimeter of the festival grounds.
As You Set Up Camp
- Do not block fire lines.
- Park all campers, vehicles, and motor homes with either tongue or nose facing toward the road/lane. for quickest exit in the unlikely event of an evacuation.
- Stay within the festival boundaries.
Respect Your Neighbors
Respect your neighbors and your neighbors’ property. Please report problematic behavior to Smiling Acres staff. Problematic behavior may result in expulsion from the festival.
Day parking is available and intended for people who are not camping and extra vehicles not needed at campsites.
Driving After 9PM
No driving in the campgrounds after 9PM. If you arrive after 9PM please park in Day Parking for the night. If you know you will be leaving after 9PM, please park in Day Parking.
No open fires (ground fires). All heat producing devices such as grills, camp stoves and Coleman lanterns must be carefully monitored and may not be left unattended. Please be conscientious of wind direction and positioning to avoid smoking out your neighbors. If Smiling Acres staff determine there is a problem you will be asked to correct it.
Limited use of radios and music devices is allowed at low volume. Please do not interfere with your neighbors camping experience. If Smiling Acres staff determine there is a problem you will be asked to correct it.
Unauthorized vending is not allowed at the festival. Offenders will be evicted from the festival, and their merchandise confiscated.
Underage persons observed in the possession of, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be referred to Sheriff’s Deputies. Adults who are creating problems will be referred to Smiling Acres Staff. If there is no cooperation or improvement in their problematic behaviors, Sheriff’s Department personnel will be notified. The offending person or persons will be evicted. This may include the families or guardians of teens, or all members of any disruptive campsites. If there are problems with the eviction, they will be prosecuted for any and all applicable violations of the law. Serious or repeat problems will result in persons being permanently banned from the Festival. Secure your alcoholic beverages and/or coolers when you leave your campsite.
While there may be circumstances where carrying a concealed weapon is justified, Smiling Acres does not believe they have a place at our festival. Accordingly, to promote and maintain a safe, threat and violence free festival, reduce the potential for threats or violence involving weapons; minimize risks to personnel, customers, and visitors and to protect the organization’s reputation, Smiling Acres has adopted a policy prohibiting the possession of weapons on festival grounds. Persons found in possession of dangerous weapons will be asked to remove them from Smiling Acres property immediately. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the premises. Please leave all weapons at home.
Workers are available 24 hours a day to handle any and all problems should they arise. They can be identified by their STAFF t-shirts. If you need to report an injury, a fire, have rowdy neighbors who are making too much noise too late at night, or want assistance with any other problem in your area, these are the people to look for.
Personal Transportation & If you require assistance
Transportation is available if you need help getting around the festival site. Ask for assistance from a staff member. No skateboards, bicycles (unless that’s how you got here), golf carts or personal transportation devices other than those designated for handicap use are permitted.
The festival grounds close at 3PM on Sunday. Please plan to depart the festival grounds by this time.