Three local bands and blackberry pie will be featured when Mt. Shasta Rotary Club hosts its annual Blackberry Music Festival and country picnic on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Mt. Shasta City Park.

A Labor Day weekend tradition in Mount Shasta, the festival includes games and races for children and blackberry pie that is baked for the event by Rotarian volunteers the day before the festival. Picnic fare will be sold by the Rotary Club, including sandwiches prepared with the help of Mt. Shasta Supermarket, beer and other beverages, and special event t-shirts.

This year’s line-up of performers features Leslie Tift and Tom Scott opening the festival at noon with original songs inspired by folk and Americana music.

Rockit will rock the stage at 2 p.m., followed by the closing act, Secret Society Handshake at 4 p.m.

Mount Shasta Rotary says no admission fee will be charged thanks to the support of Scott Valley Bank and Mechanics Bank. The music for the festival is part of the Scott Valley Bank Summer Concerts in the Parks series.

For the 2018 event, Lauren Miller and Bayla Greenspoon are putting a new twist on the Festival by encouraging participants to bring water containers for free refills at their water station at Mt. Shasta City Park.

Miller said offering water refills will help reduce litter and give participants a taste of Mt. Shasta’s world famous spring water. “We were inspired by the container refill stations at all the airports and in so many public spaces today,” Miller wrote. “So when you pack up your blanket and chairs for the festival, throw in your water bottles too!”

Miller and Greenspoon thank Mt. Shasta Rotary for allowing them to offer the water service and providing the coolers they’ll be using.

Blackberry Music Festival sponsors and the sale of food and other items supports Mount Shasta Rotary’s many community service projects. Projects include improvements at the library, public trails, college scholarships, dictionaries for local third graders, donations to the local senior nutrition program, and support for other local programs such as Shasta Disabled Sports and the high school Interact Club. Rotary also supports a water and health program in Tanzania in partnership with Save the Rain.

Rotary advises festival-goers that finding convenient parking at the park can be challenging. Carpooling and walking to the park is encouraged.

A shuttle bus will run on North Mt. Shasta Boulevard between the park and Alma Street during the festival to encourage parking outside the park. Festival-goers parking between the park and downtown or otherwise walking to the festival are invited to wave down the shuttle bus which will have Blackberry Festival signs on it.

The Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District has asked that notices about the event include a reminder that local regulations prohibit dogs at public events such as this festival.

Rotary also invites additional sponsors for the festival. For more information contact Merle Anderson at (530) 926-0542.