Seen & heard at the Wakarusa Festival

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Joel Brummett, 17, Lawrence. "Wakarusa is where hippies meet money. They can be a powerful force, they can revive a town."

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Danielle Cheatom, 20, Durango, Colo. "Dancing frees the soul and mind."

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Marcy Elliot, 20, Simsbury, Conn., and Paul Divittorio, 20, Santa Cruz, Calif. "I drove 30 hours from Santa Cruz and picked her up at the Greyhound station in Lawrence," Divittorio said.

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Stephen Gariepy, 36, Murphysville, Ill. "I'm a correspondent for the Community Radio for southern Illinois. Wakarusa is a constant stream of sound and it's a very exciting thing to experience."

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Eric "Of the Toy Turtle," 48, Port Townsend, Wash. "I got this name because I have a car that is painted like a giant sea turtle. I'm now one of the official turtles of the world."

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Stephanie James, 29, Louisville, Ky. "I drove all the way up to Kansas so that I can say that I've not NOT been to Kansas anymore."

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Mark Palke, 23, Fort Collins, Colo. "There's a ton of good people here, but there's a handful of really (crappy) people too."

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Matt Moore, 29, Palm Beach, Fla. "My brother-in-law gave me this shirt because he wanted me to look local."

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Jerry "Uncle Stoney" Newport, 58, Tahlequah, Okla. "Woodstock was much more fun."

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Greg Sergi, 20, Minneapolis, Minn. "I play the d'jembe for fun."

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Chris Polonchek, 28, his wife, Maria, 25, and their 3-month-old twin boys, Taj and Luke, all of Lawrence. "We're only 15 minutes from home if there's a meltdown (with the boys)," Chris said.

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Philip Walter, 27, Little Rock, Ark. "I like it man. There's nowhere else where I can wear a skirt."

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Cody Westerlund, 24, Lawrence. "When I wear this, I don't have to wear sunscreen. It's practical and very cool."

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Josh "Crawdaddy" Levine, 28, Iowa City, Iowa. "I have friends that love going out with me because they like watching people watch me. I'm immune to the stares."

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