Nudestock offers, at the bare minimum, a good time for all

August 20, 2013

By Kristine Kim

Have you ever wanted to rock out in the nude outside your bedroom? Well, here is your chance — Nudestock 2013 is coming to Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park Aug. 24.

The annual event, on Tiger Mountain, has happened for more than 20 years.

The event began in 1991 when KISW radio hosts Bob Rivers, Spike O’Neill and Joe Bryant came up with the idea. The station dropped sponsorship of Nudestock in 1996 when the three moved to KZOK. Since, the park has taken on the event as its own.

“I’ve gone to every single one since 1993,” said Dawnzella Gearhart, who does public relations for the park. Since 1998, she has been one of the main organizers of the event.

Guests will use the natural amphitheater of the green sunning lawn in the park for dancing and grooving to the music of local bands, including NSF, Otis and The Raw Dawgs, Jeff Herzog and The Jet City Flyers and Wired!

The party starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 with Mary McPage and The Assassins for Nudestock Eve. The rest of the lineup takes the stage Saturday. Guests can headbang to their hearts’ content while enjoying the food amenities from Housewife Hotdogs, Mocha Motion and the park’s Nudestroms.

You are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch or use the community kitchen. The park has a heated pool, a cool wading pool, hot tubs and sand volleyball. There will be room for a towel, lawn chair or blanket, so be sure to bring them, along with some sunscreen to take in vitamin D.

“It’s a way for the park to show the rest of the people out there what it’s like to come to a nudist park,” Gearhart said. “There’s no longer mandatory nudity. If you’re cold, put your clothes on.”

Gearhart has performed onstage in past iterations of the event, and one of her favorite parts of the event is getting the “bird’s eye view of hundreds and hundreds of people who are completely uninhibited. Social pressures are gone, and they’re just free.”

To avoid hassle with the limited parking, FS suggests that visitors either carpool or camp at the park over the weekend. Tent sites are first come, first served, while RV sites are available by reservation.

The park was established in 1945, and is registered with the state of Washington as a 501c3 nonprofit. First-time visitors receive a voucher to make their next visit free. Children may attend if accompanied by their parents.

The party goes on rain or shine thanks to the covered stage.

The park screens all visitors against the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and national sex offender lists, and will turn away those who show up on the lists.

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