Thousands of worshippers and their faith-based music are too noisy for some residents of a Kennewick neighborhood.
Around 13,000 people are in the Tri-Cities this week to enjoy Creation Festival Northwest, a four-day Christian music festival at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Residents in the surrounding neighborhood, especially along East 10th Avenue, said the bass from the music shakes their windows, rattles their houses and keeps them up at night.
"At nighttime, when they really get into it with the guitars or drums or whatever, it's so bad you can't sleep because of the booming noise," said Treasha Stanich, who lives on East 10th. "The county fair is not that loud."
Other neighbors told the Herald the music has been a little annoying, but it stops on time and festivalgoers have been respectful of the neighborhood.
"It rumbles my bedroom. What's loud is the bass," said Pat Robinson, 79, who also lives on East 10th. "But they are having a good time. They haven't caused any trouble."
Kennewick police have received at least 27 noise complaints since the festival started Wednesday, Cmdr. Scott Child said. Most of the complaints come between 7:30 and 11 p.m.
The festival organizers struck a deal with the city that allows bands to play until 11 p.m. Normally, a city ordinance prevents loud music past 8 p.m.
Music at the festival is not allowed to be above 95 decibels and police have routinely been out to the fairgrounds to check noise levels, Child said. Festival officials are required to check the noise level every 15 minutes and keep a log.
The music hasn't once been above 95 decibels and the Creation staff have done a good job of monitoring the noise, Child said.
"We haven't had any problems. There have been no major incidents out there," he said. "They have been very mellow. They are out there to worship God."
City officials had high praise for festival organizers, who came up with a comprehensive sound management plan to monitor the noise, said Evelyn Lusignan, city spokeswoman. Festival officials were responsive to the city and worked closely with staff at the fairgrounds.
"Anytime we have outdoor music there is someone who calls," she said.
Festival officials say the event has run smoothly so far and they are hopeful to return to the Tri-Cities next year, despite the complaints.
The festival -- one of the largest of its kind in the country -- is in its 17th year in the Northwest and was formerly staged at multiple venues, including for a decade at the Gorge Amphitheater, said Angee Langenberg, press coordinator.
Officials want the festival to become a staple in the community and help the local economy, Langenberg said. They would even like to see the festival grow in size like the one held in Pennsylvania, which around 40,000 people attend.
The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau estimates the festival will generate $360,000 in visitor spending and economic impact.
"We are looking forward to encouraging economic development," Langenberg said. "We have 13,000 people and they are going to Starbucks, they are going to Target and staying at local hotels."
For the most part, neighbors around the fairgrounds told the Herald they will be happy when life goes back to normal and there is no music keeping them up at night.
Many recognized that the festival shows the Tri-Cities is growing, and they would welcome the festivalgoers back as long as they continue to be respectful and peaceful, they said.
"It is louder than the county fair, but I'm glad it's Christian music rather than heavy metal," resident Carleena Seaman said.
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