Nothing says goodbye to the long days of summer like smell of barbecued hamburgers, the sweet tang of blackberry pie a la mode and spending a day relaxing in the park enjoying live music at Mount Shasta’s annual Blackberry Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 1 from noon to 6 p.m.

Nothing says goodbye to the long days of summer like smell of barbecued hamburgers, the sweet tang of blackberry pie a la mode and spending a day relaxing in the park enjoying live music at Mount Shasta’s annual Blackberry Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 1 from noon to 6 p.m.

This year’s event is the Mount Shasta Rotary Club’s 27th annual celebration, and there is no charge for admission thanks to Scott Valley Bank who is once again sponsoring the festival as part of its Summer Concerts in the Parks series.

Three local bands will offer a variety of music throughout the afternoon, from noon to 6 p.m.

At noon, Evelyn Horner’s Front Porch Swing Band will open the festival with old time fiddle and western swing. At 2 p.m. Jimmy Limo and Valapolsa will take the stage with classic rock, blues and more. Closing the day from 4 to 6 p.m. will be Sundown Poachers with their homegrown folk-rock.

Families are encouraged to spend the afternoon in the park. A variety of games and races will take place for children throughout the day. A barbecue lunch, beer and other beverages, and special event t-shirts will be sold by the Rotary Club.

A favorite dessert are the blackberry pies, baked exclusively for the festival the day before by Rotarian volunteers. Pie can be purchased whole or by the slice, with or without ice cream.

Draft beer and blackberry wine is available for adults over 21.

The barbecue and sale of items by the Rotary Club supports the club’s many community service projects. Projects include assistance to the Shasta Disabled Sports program, senior nutrition, Save the Rain water projects in Africa, dictionaries for local third grade students, and other services.

The Blackberry Music Festival has become a Labor Day Weekend tradition in Mount Shasta. The event draws local families and friends together with area visitors to celebrate the end of summer with a Sunday afternoon of music and picnic fun.

For more information contact Merle Anderson at (530) 926-0542.