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Kick the City off Your Shoes! at the 24th-Ever Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival

It’s an all-inclusive, family friendly day of fun, berry pie and music-music-Music

(Olalla, WA) The Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival celebrates 24 years of music and fun-for-the-entire family on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the South Kitsap Southern Little League Field.

The festival brings together some of the best bands in the Northwest, plus food and crafts vendors, old time crafts demonstration, plenty of activities for kids, guided nature walks and homemade berry pie.

This year the festival welcomes Food Backpacks 4Kids – a non-profit organization that feeds hungry school children in Kitsap County and the Key Peninsula. Fans who bring two cans of food will get a $2 discount off admission to the festival.

Also new this year will be an auction of hand-crafted items including a full-size quilt, a guitar, wooden bowls, photographs, and metal sculpture created by Olalla sculptor Gary Jackson.

Representatives from several community groups, including Kitsap County Department of Community Development, Kitsap Food Co-op, South Kitsap Southern Little League and WSU-Kitsap Stream Stewards, will be on hand to share information about their work. The Stream Stewards will also host guided nature walks along Olalla Creek, which borders the ball field. You’ll also meet spinners, quilters, woodturners and other creators of old-time treasures.

We also welcome Spirit of Life Lutheran Church in Port Orchard to our circle of friends. S.O.L members will coordinate the famous Berry Pie contest, combining it with the Empty Bowls project. Pie-lovers can purchase their pie in a beautiful hand-made bowl – and keep the bowl. Proceeds will be shared between the festival and S.O.L’s food bank that feeds more than 2,000 hungry South Kitsap families every month.

Pie contest details are on the festival website at olallabluegrass.com.

For those who just want to donate a pie for the by-the-slice sales table, S.O.L will host a pie-baking party Friday, Aug. 7, 6pm at the church. Bakers should bring their own crust and berries. S.O.L. will provide butter, sugar, thickening and cinnamon, according to Pie Czar Jo Ann Smith.

Spirit of Life will also have a kids’ activity booth where young’uns can make their own banjos, Smith added.

Port Orchard’s Fathoms o’ Fun royalty will help serve pie at the festival and will also lead the kids parade.

In addition to pie, food choices at the festival range from barbecue to Asian food, cinnamon rolls, ice cream and more.

But the main focus is the music. The festival attracts some of the region’s best bands as word has spread that OlallaFest is “the best one-day gig in the Northwest,” according to one band member.

Here’s the line-up for OlallaPalooza XXIV (as superseded by subsequent acts & treaties):

10am Gates open

11am Woodland – A tasty mix of bluegrass, zydeco and an occasional dash of psychedelia (Seattle)

Noon Eclectic Cloggers – Kicking the City of their Shoes in Olalla since Year One

1:15 North Country – High energy, rootsy bluegrass is their passion (Seattle)

2:15 Fern Hill – True bluegrass gentlemen. They’re the Real Deal (Salem, Oregon)

3:45 Bryan Bowers – Legendary autoharpist and storyteller in an encore appearance (Sedro-Woolly)

5pm Blackberry Bushes – Indy-Americana and bluegrass (Seattle)                

6pm Hot Damn Scandal – Tipsy American Gypsy Blues. Thus begins the “Beyond…” (Bellingham)

7:15 Surf Monkeys – Jazz-tinged blues with an occasional splash of surf vibe to Kick the City off Your Shoes! (Seattle)

The Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival is run entirely by volunteers. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Olalla Community Club, local music programs and other good-works organizations in the South Kitsap / Gig Harbor community.

Tickets are $12-$50 at the gate. Discounted advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com), and at Al’s of Olalla, Allstar Guitar in Gig Harbor and Blend Wine Shop in Key Center. Bring two cans of food get $2 off gate admission.

Parking is $3 per car, collected by the Little League. Camping: $10 per night (no hook-ups). Sorry, no dogs please.

For information visit olallabluegrass.com or phone (253) 857-5604.

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 Contact Charlee Glock-Jackson – charlee@centurytel.net