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Sacajawea bluegrass festival

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association invite the public to attend a bluegrass festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous at Sacajawea State Park near Pasco.

The festival is June 8, 9 and 10 at Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road in Pasco. Celebrating the art of bluegrass music and traditional Dutch oven cooking, the festival offers live bluegrass concerts, music workshops and Dutch oven demonstrations. Visitors will have an opportunity to sample food by seasoned Dutch oven chefs and learn new recipe ideas. The festival features bluegrass artists from around the country, including winners of the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association song of the year, "Balsam Range," and local bands from the Pacific Northwest, Runaway Train and the New Five Cents Stringband. Tickets are required for all concert and Dutch oven activities on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free to concerts on Sunday.

Festival hours are as follows:

  • 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 8
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10

Camping is allowed for weekend pass ticket holders. Dry camping sites in the lawn area of the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $12 per vehicle per night. Campers may arrive after 12 p.m. June 7 and must check out by 12 p.m. June 11.

The Discover Pass is required June 8 and 10. June 9 is a State Parks "free day" in recognition of National Get Outdoors day; visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass to access state parks on "free days."

This event is presented in partnership with the Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association. To purchase tickets or for more information about the bluegrass festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, visit www.mctama.org.

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