Kinfolks Soul Food Festival Leaves Forest Park Trashed, St. Louis Crowd Furious

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Micah Usher for Riverfront Times
Fans at Kinfolks Soul Food Festival on Saturday -- before things got messy.
An Oklahoma-based production company with an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau did little to improve its reputation during a stop through St. Louis on Saturday.

Slideshow: Kinfolks Soul Food Festival in Forest Park

Those who attended the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival on Forest Park's Art Hill complain that the event was mired from the start. Fans had to stand in excruciatingly long lines to enter the festival, even as temperatures soared into the upper 90s, and then wait 40 minutes between musical acts once the event finally got under way. And the problems didn't end when the much-delayed festival finally wrapped at 12:45 a.m. -- nearly two hours after it was supposed to have concluded. As the sun rose on Sunday, park officials realized that no one from Kinfolks Soul Food Festival had bothered to clean up litter from the event that left Art Hill looking like a debris field.

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Courtesy of Gary Bess
Art Hill littered with food containers and bottles from Kinfolks Soul Food Festival.
"We haven't had a situation like this in years," parks director Gary Bess tells Daily RFT. "They failed to comply with a number of their permits. From start to finish it was mismanaged."

On Sunday morning Bess says he called the local firm that was supposed to pick up after the event and was told that financial arrangements had fallen through between the cleaning company and Kinfolks. But the owner of the cleaning company had his people come in anyway, says Bess, because he wanted to maintain good relations with the city. The same cleaning crew picked up after Fair St. Louis earlier this month and, according to Bess, had the park looking spiffy each morning.

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Photo courtesy of Gary Bess
The parks director adds that organizers of the Kinfolks festival also failed to lower the volume onstage -- as outlined in its permit -- at 8:15 p.m. so as not to disturb the musical Porgy and Bess playing at the Muny. The festival, which featured R&B acts such as Morris Day & the Time, Mint Condition and Kelly Price, then played on well past its curfew of 11 p.m.

"At 12:45 the park rangers and police came by and basically closed the event down," says Bess.

The organizers of Kinfolks Soul Food Festival will lose the $1,000 security deposit they placed with the city to host the event in Forest Park. Kinfolks' insurance company may also be on the hook for damages to the property. Bess says Art Hill looked to be back to normal for the most part after the clean-up crew finally removed the litter on Sunday afternoon -- though grass seems to be dead in one spot where someone may have dumped cooking grease.

Continue on for complaints from fans who attended Kinfolks' St. Louis show and events elsewhere.


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Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Somebody better clean up that park....and ...yes...the Kinfolk people are to blame ....they probably signed a contract stating they would assume clearn-up responsibility. Give the next festival to a STL based company who loves our parks ....then maybe this wouldn't happen.

Aaron McCoy
Aaron McCoy

All of the attendees are barred from Forest Park forever, spread the word

Matt Cobb
Matt Cobb

most events in st louis city get trashed. hello mardi gras is number one suspect lol

Nicholas Allen
Nicholas Allen

Seriously ... ITS JUST BEEN PLAYED EVERYONE!!!! The race card , brought to you by jaded minorities since 1965.

Rick Jones
Rick Jones

You can put a dress/ tie on a pig and yet.... still a pig. Littering is littering no matter where you are and it is colorless. This is exactly the problem... people committing the problem acts and denying their guilt in righteous delusion. Also, I would allege that whoever hired this F rated company knew it and was handsomely compensated for doing so.

Paul Glandt
Paul Glandt

Obviously someone didnt do their homework if they let a company with an F rating come in and do what they did.Somebodies head should roll on this,or atleast a demotion

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

those same people trash anywhere they go, oh gosh, so sorry, I must be racial profiling..NOT

Jake VonderBruegge
Jake VonderBruegge

Sean it's funny how you really have no rebuttal. You're just talking trash (get it?). I feel like you believe that it's ok to trash Forest Park. It's not like it is actually "sacred" or that it holds some religious value; what people are saying here is that we'd rather it not get trashed and treated like garbage like North and East St. Louis \U0001f600 if we can all act civilized, we can have at least SOME nice things.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

To think the production company is still touring around the country too.

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

"The Hill...? Sacred...? What kind of crazy twilight zone shit is this...?

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

Dog shit...? Well, maybe you ARE leaving the world cleaner than you left it...

Brian Wade
Brian Wade

I do carry a bag wherever I am walking and pick up trash, no matter where I am. I am not a clean freak, I just like my city to look nice.

Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst

Its all about respect, you've got to give it to receive it. some people just don't give a sh*t.

Audrey Weiss
Audrey Weiss

Sad that this event and the people running it mismanged things so poorly....it sounds like it took a pretty bad turn. I was there Friday night for the outdoor film festival and everyone seemed to be very respectful of The Hill ....such a sacred place in st. Louis I wish people would realize what a historic piece of land that is and treat it as such. Thank you to all the clean up crews who got the job done, to the people cleaning up after others and trying to restore it to how it was once before.... A job you wouldn't think is that difficult for grown up citizens.....citizens of st. Louis too! ....come st. L people we're better then that!

Jason Dagne
Jason Dagne

Naw I ain't no asshole that's for sure. Sorry I don't carry a trash bag with me on my walks.

Robin Robinson Richardson
Robin Robinson Richardson

When I take my dog for walks I pick up the litter that other people can not. I am not a clean freak. I am a freak that love my world and the animals in it.

Rick Jones
Rick Jones

Looks like a bunch of pigs left their garbage behind! Were there no trash cans? I didn't see anyone state that!

Les Wise Davis
Les Wise Davis

I fear that this will happen at every event at Forest park.

Jason Dagne
Jason Dagne

So Robin what your saying is that your a clean freak. So I guess when u walk passed a wrapper on the ground you'll pick it up and throw it where it belongs or do you just walk past it and be like it ain't my job to pick up after others.

missing_logicz03
missing_logicz03

tired of all these people saying these comments are racist  they turned forest park into walnut park just take a look at north stl shit the the schwag could have played here for 3 days and it wouldn't have looked like this ever been to camp ZOE 

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

I'm pretty sure you're NOT leaving the earth cleaner than you left it, Robin Robinson Richardson...

Allison Benoit
Allison Benoit

The attendees are definitely partly to blame. If they couldn't find an adequate trash can, they should have taken the trash they made with them. I worked a beer/soda tent at Fair St. Louis and was the closing shift on Saturday, which meant I saw Art Hill once everyone was gone. There was not trash strewn all over the hill. There might have been overloaded trash cans, but at least it was all around the trash can for the clean up crew to easily dispose of. Not saying the people who put on the Kinfolks thing shouldn't take the blame for failing to arrange for the clean-up. But anyone who attended and left trash strewn out on Art Hill should also be ashamed of themselves.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

The participants trashed the park, the festival people just failed to pick it up.

jo0015
jo0015

Please do not blame the vendors. Vendors where required to give a clean up deposit which was returned, at least to us, after inspection of our area. We are truly sorry this occurred.

burkemper40
burkemper40

I'm mostly mad at the production company for doing such a poor job organizing the festival and taking care of the venue...they're clearly in it to put as little money in as possible, take their money and leave.  But I'm also mad at the attendees for having so little respect for their park, and at the city official(s) who had the bright idea to charge a mere $1,000 deposit for an event that size...really?  That's just asking for trouble.

Jake VonderBruegge
Jake VonderBruegge

Haha reading "all that." It's hardly a paragraph. Try reading a book "bruh"

Jason Dunham
Jason Dunham

I truly hate you John Wilkes Booth I blame you!!!! It's because of you Lincoln never got to send them all home.....

Laura Coppinger
Laura Coppinger

You rock as a patron! I always appreciated the patrons that were respectful and cleaned up after themselves. If we all work together, staff, volunteers, and patrons, we can make the festivals a great day out for all!

Brian Wittling
Brian Wittling

I don't care who you are, don't throw your damned trash on the ground!!! "No trash cans"? Awww the humanity! Obviously no scouts in the bunch... "pack it in, pack it out"!

Jake Eldridge
Jake Eldridge

Dan Carthen has it right... The screening process has to be better... You can't let company's like this come in and host events in out city! They are to blame... And those who are trying to turn it into a racial thing... Well that is exactly why STL is in the stone ages and has so many problems... Morons using ignorance for reason! I travel all over the country and even in the south people have more respect for each other... Stl needs some real leaders in all areas of life... I feel disappointed and let down time after time

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson

Trashy people with no self respect. Reflects on their upbringing. Shameful.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

Just clean it up and move on people,GET OVER IT. It's not that serious.

Jonathan Ruland
Jonathan Ruland

Agree. Why can't people pick up and dispose of their own garbage responsibly? This is sad

Greg Moore
Greg Moore

That's the problem... The crowd is "kinfolk"

TakeResponsability
TakeResponsability

@missing_logicz03 come on you know playing the race card is what people do when they have no better reason to explain their actions. It couldn't be that the people there should be responsible for their own actions... it's that all the rest of the rest of us are raciest. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

Your racist slip is showing....

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