Blackberry Music Festival Aug. 31 at park

Staff reports

The Mount Shasta Rotary Club is preparing to host the 22nd annual Blackberry Music Festival scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, with a program of local musical talent and picnic fun. The festival will be held at the Mount Shasta City Park from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The festival will feature three local acts during the day. Beginning at noon, Allison Scull and Victor Martin will open the festival with a mellow blend of folk music and jazz.

At 2 p.m. Scott Durbin and Cindi Titzer will take the stage with a group of talented friends. The closing act will feature the Soul Exciters with funky rock and roll dance music from 4 to 6 p.m.

Scott Valley Bank will once again sponsor the music for this year’s festival as part of its “Concerts in the Parks” series.

Families are encouraged to spend the afternoon in the park. A variety of games and races will be organized for children throughout the day.

The Rotary Club will offer a barbecue lunch, desserts, beverages and event t-shirts. A popular feature is always the berry pies, baked exclusively for the festival the night before by Rotarian volunteers.

Pie can be purchased whole or by the slice, with or without ice cream. The sale of these items supports the club’s many community service projects such as improvements to the Mount Shasta Library building, dictionaries for local third grade students, support for the Shasta Disabled Sports program and local trail projects.

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

For more information about the Blackberry Music Festival contact Merle Anderson at (530) 926-0542.