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Music festival last held in 2003 revived

More than 10 years ago, families jammed to live tunes in the shade of the trees at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

This year, the Del Norte Child Care Council will resurrect its music festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, but instead of “Jammin’ at Jed,” folks will be “Rockin’ at Rowdy” to local bands, eating local food and browsing through the booths of local vendors.

“The one thing I really wanted to do is to showcase our local talent,” said Melodee Fugate, the Child Care Council’s executive director. “All our bands and our vendors are all local. And we wanted for our first year to give back to the community because we are celebrating 35 years in this community this year. It’s kind of our way of saying thank you to the community.” 

Rockin’ at Rowdy will be held at Rowdy Creek Park in Smith River and will feature local musicians Steve Berg, The Lost Woods, Three for the Road, Patchy Fog and Drizzle, Scott Perry, Spence Brothers and Disturbing the Peace.

Fugate said the council also called for local artists to be featured on the festival’s poster. Out of six submissions, the Council settled on artwork by local artist Jenny Bayon, who is also a member of The Lost Woods, Fugate said.

With Bayon’s work as the backdrop, the council’s Vista volunteer, Amira Long, designed the poster. A local graphic designer, Custom Dezign Graphics, created the Rowdy Raccoon logo, she said.

“It’s just been a real community collaboration on this whole event,” Fugate said. “We have some really major contributors to this event, whether it’s in-kind or monetary.”

The four major sponsors are North Ridge Electric, Smith River Rancheria, BiCoastal Media and the Triplicate. The rancheria is providing the venue for the festival, Rowdy Creek Park, and North Ridge Electric is providing the electricity, Fugate said.

It took about a year to plan for the music festival, Fugate said. The council hired Kelly Schellong to coordinate the event in June.

Schellong, who worked for the council in her early 20s, said the Jammin’ at Jed festival, which was last held in 2003, brought in more well-known bands from out of the area. She chose to focus on local musicians because of the amount of talent in the community and was surprised at the number of groups who wanted in.

“I couldn’t even fit in everybody who wanted to volunteer,” she said. “There are so many bands between Del Norte and Curry County. All the bands have volunteered their time to benefit the cause.”

Schellong said she wanted bands that play more family-appropriate music since children’s activities, including bounce houses and the Wonder Bus, will be part of the festival. She said she also wanted a mix of genres from country to blues to rock ’n’ roll.

“We’re going to have Wonder Bus and bounce houses and face painting and things like that for the kids,” she said. 

There will be two tables with children’s activities, including making a homemade guitar, Fugate said. The council will also be holding a cookie fundraiser in conjunction with the festival.

The Del Norte Child Care Council provides child care assistance for working families and families in school. The Del Norte Child Care Council offers two child care centers and child care training.

It also provides parent education, free car seat vouchers and checkups and provides a safe inviting place for parents who can only visit their children under supervision. 

Rockin’ at Rowdy will be held noon to 8 p.m. at Rowdy Creek Park on Rowdy Creek Road in Smith River. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids 7- 17 and free for kids 6 and under. A family of four can get in for $30.

In Crescent City, tickets are available at the Del Norte Child Care Council, 212 K St.; Del Norte Office Supply, 240 I St.; Tri Counties Bank, 936 Third St.; and Six Degrees of Celebration, 909 Third St. In Brookings, tickets can be purchased at Vista Pub, 1009 Chetco Ave. 

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