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Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest and Folk Music Festival - Networking and Client Support

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Paramount Ranch Agoura, CA - May 2022

Location Connect provided Internet, Wi-Fi, and Client Support for the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest and Folk Music Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura, CA. We provide onsite IT, Internet, and Wi-Fi at events, productions, festivals, and trade shows.

The Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival ( started in 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously held traditional music events in the US. It was first held in the Topanga Canyon, which is the reason for its name. The 1961 event, organized by Margot Slocum and Peg Benepe, attracted 30 contestants, 4 Judges, and 500 fans. Half a century later, it is 10 times bigger. In 1990 the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest moved to its present home at the Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from its Topanga Canyon roots.

The technical services for this event included Wi-Fi connectivity for event registration, vendors, and VIP's and client support for the registration staff. As the location is in a National Park and there is no permanent network or power infrastructure all connectivity was provided by fixed wireless links from this building, once constructed as a movie set building, now used as a National Park fire station.

The church building at Paramount Ranch is most recently known from the show Westworld. Here we provided a microwave link back to the fire station and access points mounted on the building. Everything had to be battery powered as none of the buildings except for the fire station had electricity.

This building is most well known as the train station from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. As in the other locations there was no power here so everything operated on battery. This included the microwave link back to the fire station and two building mounted access points.

The event was a great success and we look forward to supporting it next year.

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