August 12, 2015 (Santee)--The twang of banjos and fiddles will again fill the air, while delicious food and beverages fill appetites, at the 6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 12.
The one-night festival is a fundraiser that benefits local teen programs, park improvement projects and the city’s recreation scholarship program that subsidizes fees for less fortunate children, families and seniors. The event, which has sold out the past two years, takes place at Town Center Community Park East, 550 13 Park Center Drive. Admission provides access to approximately 30 food vendors, 20 beer brands and 15 labels of wine.
“Last fall we raised more than $40,000 to support local recreational programs, and we’re hoping to do even better this year,” said Breanne Humphrey, Santee’s special events supervisor. “I can’t think of a better way to enjoy an evening with friends and raise money to benefit our entire community.”
Attendance at the festival has quadrupled to 1,300 since the inaugural event in 2010. Proceeds from the festival have provided crucial funding to the Santee Teen Center and paid for half the cost of the city’s new disc golf course at Mast Park. The funds have also allowed children from low-and moderate-income households to receive discounts on fees for activities ranging from summer camp to classes in performing arts.
This year’s musical lineup features two talented bluegrass bands, Box Canyon and High Mountain Road. Admission entitles ticket holders to sample several varieties of wine, beer from numerous craft breweries, and food prepared by local restaurants. In addition to the all-you-can eat menu, festival attendees will receive a commemorative glass for beverage sampling.
Beyond the music and libations, the event includes a silent auction featuring a wide range of donated gifts, including a Deering banjo, event tickets and local attractions. Attendees can also purchase tickets for an opportunity drawing for the chance to win great prizes.
Festival hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $45 per person. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $50. Attendees who do not intend to consume alcoholic beverages may purchase a designated driver ticket for $35.
Don’t fiddle around, organizers urge. Get your tickets now because it’s likely to be a sellout. Tickets can be purchased online at the City of Santee’s website (http://www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=2926) or in person at Santee City Hall, Community Services Department, Building 6, 10601 Magnolia Avenue.
Additional information is available at the Santee Bluegrass Festival page on Facebook or by calling the Santee Special Events Hotline (619) 258-4100 ext. 201.