The heart of Electric Forest is the actual forest.
Sherwood Forest, located in the center of the Electric Forest music festival grounds in Rothbury, is filled with festival-goers, art, vendors, stages and various contraptions.
For each of the festival’s eight years, organizers have filled the pine forest with lights and eye-catching art for attendees. It’s a place to marvel, to rest and even to get married.
This year, those walking into Sherwood Forest are greeted by rows of colorful umbrellas hanging upside down.
The forest’s “bird’s nest” is Madyson Bishop’s favorite hang-out spot in the forest.
“The (music) lineup doesn’t even matter to me,” said Bishop, 22, of Clinton Township. “Just the forest and the arts — I made a lot of connections in the bird’s nest, I love it.”
Every year, the forest has a new centerpiece. Last year, it was a giant elephant statue, and this it’s a heart made out of colorful flowers, reading “Electric Forest.”
Maddie Hammons, 22, of Kansas City, Oklahoma, is attending Electric Forest for the second time.
She said that upon entering Sherwood Forest for the first time last year, she didn’t know what to expect.
“I remember the first time walking in, I was like ‘oh my god’ because it’s so overwhelming, magical and incredible,” Hammons said.
Lights and art take prominence in the forest. Owls made out of metal perch in the trees. Stages tucked in the forest host shows throughout the day and night. And people relax in hammocks just about everywhere.
The forest even has a wedding chapel where people can pretend to get married, or even tie the knot officially. Last weekend, a couple were married in front of a crowd of strangers.
Desiree Parsons of Cuyagoa Falls, Ohio, said the “magical energy” of the festival and forest are what keep bringing her back.
“(My favorite part) is the sense of wonder,” she said. “I just love it.”