Quiet time at camping facilities — set in a large-assembly ordinance approved by the Union (Wis.) Town Board in November — will start at midnight unless music festivals and other large events receive a variance from the governing body, the Leader-Telegram reported.

After more than an hour of listening to Jim Bischel, president of Country Jam and the Blue Ox Music Festival, as well as members of the committee that drafted the ordinance and residents, the board voted unanimously to leave the ordinance as is but allow festival organizers to apply for a variance to the provision prohibiting amplified music in camping facilities between midnight and 10 a.m.

In the past, quiet time in the campground has been 2 a.m., Bischel said. “Going from 2 a.m. to midnight will be harmful to both festivals.”

After the main stage acts close at the Blue Ox Music Festival and Country Jam, entertainment has continued in the campground until 2 a.m.

The impetus for the ordinance, which also addresses noise levels, came from town residents who expressed more concerns in the wake of the addition of the Blue Ox and Eaux Claires music festivals after decades of Country Jam being the only major music festival at the site off Crescent Avenue.

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