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Cape Blanco Festival: Rotary clubs prep for hungry music fans

Members of several Rotary clubs build a vending booth at Cape Blanco.

SIXES — The three Rotary clubs in Curry County are putting the finishing touches this week on special vending booths for the upcoming Cape Blanco Country Music Festival.

Starting from the milling of the lumber for the three booths, Rotary volunteers from Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford are cooperating on the project. Together, they will operate one of the food booths at the festival July 31 through Aug. 3. 

More than a dozen non-profits, schools and other community groups will be participating in the festival as a way to raise funds.

“We’ll be the only ones selling hamburgers,” said Mike Hewitt, president of the Port Orford club last winter when the plan was developed. “Come enjoy the festival and have a Cape Blanco burger.”

But the project turned into more than a one-weekend effort through an offer from Hewitt and Scott McKenzie, a Rotarian who owns part of the site for the festival.  Using raw logs and McKenzie’s portable sawmill, Rotary volunteers have built three booths — one for the Rotary clubs and two for McKenzie, who footed the construction bills.

The rough sawn board-and-batten siding should make the 20-foot by 10-foot booths stand out at the site. Despite the rustic exterior, they are built to last: metal roofs, formal electrical wiring, and custom cabinetry. Hewitt, who designed the booths, estimated their value at $5,000 each.

That $5,000 figure is also the amount each club has fronted for the purchase of food for the effort. More than 10,000 visitors are expected at the festival. The Rotary booth will be just one of many food vendors.

The project also is rare in the cooperation among the three clubs. “I’ve never seen these three clubs come together to work on one project like this,” said Hewitt.

Festival highlights

The festival, hosted by Bi-Mart, will be held on private land 3 miles east of Cape Blanco Lighthouse in Sixes, about five miles north of Port Orford. 

Day one of the Cape Blanco festival kicks off with a performance from Mississippi artist Charlie Worsham. West Virginia artist Brad Paisley, winner of 14 CMA awards including three Male Vocalist of the Year awards, will close out the first night. 

Day two of the festival features performances from Canadian artist Lindsay Ell, Oregon native Amy Clawson and Arkansas artist Justin Moore. The day will close with a performance from Eric Church.

The final day of the festival will feature performances from the Nashville band The Cadillac Three, California artist Jon Pardi and Chris Young. A performance by Dierks Bentley will close the festival.

Adult general admission is $120 for a three-day pass, and it’s $35 for children. Camping is also available for $125 — an admission ticket is required. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://capeblancofestival.com.

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