The Blackberry Music Festival has become a Labor Day Weekend tradition in Mt. Shasta.

The Mt. Shasta Rotary Club is preparing to host the 27th annual Blackberry Music Festival on Sunday, September 1. The festival and community picnic will be held at the Mount Shasta City Park from noon to 6 p.m.

There will be no admission fee thanks to Scott Valley Bank, which is again sponsoring the festival as part of its “Summer Concerts in the Parks” series.

This year’s festival will present an afternoon of music and family fun. Three local bands will offer an variety of music throughout the afternoon.

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 unique 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 desert 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.

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 Mt. 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.