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Meet us in St. Louis August 24 through 26 for a weekend of fun, sun and better living through chemicals and electricity at the Mecta Hazy Daze Summer Festival 2012. Shock Girl, award-winning anchor of “Mental Illness Minute,” will serve as official hostess of the festival.
The Hazy Daze Festival, part of Mecta Corporation’s ongoing commitment to combining entertainment and serious information about mental illness, will feature activities and concerts, as well as an exhibition area to showcase Mecta’s newest innovative product, Easy Dose.
“Easy Dose is our latest pioneering machine that will change the world of psychiatry,” said Robin Nichol, co-owner of Mecta Corporation. “Orders are already backing up, and we have had to add another production line to keep up.”
Festival organizer Sandra Jensen said the Easy Dose vending machine comes on the heels of a new study that shows Americans are not as medication compliant as they should be.
“We hope the combination of fun and infotainment will bring psychiatry to the masses,” she added. “We are excited to bring the creativity of the dance troupe “All Zombie Review,” sponsored by Eli Lilly. These dancers are all mentally ill, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill held nationwide auditions last year, choosing the brightest future stars of dance. We couldn’t be more proud to introduce them to the world.”
The St. Louis Police Department and Mayor Francis Slay have promised a heavy police presence to keep anti-psychiatry protestors away from the venue.
“We’ve cleared out plenty of jail cells and if necessary, will use an abandoned state mental hospital to contain overflow protestors,” said St. Louis Police spokesman Ryan Correll. “We’re also happy to say that we received a grant from Eli Lilly to purchase a warehouse full of rubber bullets and tear gas. And if that fails, we’ve got real bullets. It’s going to be a good time.”
The festival will conclude Sunday evening at 8 pm with a sunset balloon release over the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River, while Bipolar Bluez Band plays its latest hit, “Soothe My Fractured Mind (with a thorazine jello shot).”
Ticket sales begin August 1 and may be ordered through Ticket Town or directly from NAMI and Eli Lilly. Ticket prices are $25 for one day, or $40 for the entire weekend. Persons showing valid prescriptions or bottles of approved psychiatric medications will receive a discount and may purchase weekend passes for one dollar. Call 1-800-EASY-DOSE for more information.