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Ring in Spring at the 2014 Boone in Blossom Festival May 2-4 to Benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition

By Rachel Emily Auton

April 29, 2014. In celebration of a long-awaited Boone spring, the fourth annual Boone in Blossom Festival will bring a weekend’s worth of local art, music and community service to the High Country May 2-4. The three day, family-friendly event will benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition and will be held at the High Country Fairgrounds on Roby Road off of Old U.S. 421.

1396468651“Our mission is to create a conscious, local health and arts festival that offers admittance through community service and donation options,” said Christina Bailey, co-organizer of the festival.

“Our vision is to sustain a model of conscious gathering that strengthens community and individual health.”

Hosted by the Boone Community Network and presented by Gati Productions, Boone in Blossom and its fall sister festival Harvest Boone promote local community service, music, and visual and healing arts.

“We’re very community and locally oriented, we have all local artists and vendors,” said Bailey.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2, the festival will feature around-the-clock live music and activities ranging from yoga and meditation to art and skills workshops.

“It is an all weekend event with yoga starting at 9am, workshops and healing arts throughout the day, and music all day and into the night. After 11 p.m. it turns into a more low key feel with drum circles around fires and family and friends camping under the stars,” said Bailey.

“There will be dance classes, a workshop on Native American earth skills, a community crystal bowl meditation, circus art workshops, a workshop on how to make your own homemade environmentally friendly cleaning products and a hula hoop workshop.”

Festival attendees can expect performances by local musical guests including Donnie Dies, Rims & Keys, Dr. Bacon, From Bears, Redleg Husky, and more.

Workshops and activities catered towards children will be available throughout the day.

“Kids activities will include arts and crafts, hand made instruments, circus arts workshops, yoga, and a parade,” said Bailey.

“In addition, Earthfare will be hosting a free Kids Healthy Snacks and Sunscreen booth.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased online through PayPal for $20 in advance or at the gate either for $30 or for $15 with a donation of 15 nonperishable food items for the Hunger and Health Coalition. Children younger than 14 are free.

Ticket prices include camping and parking accommodations and three day festival admission.

In the spirit of the festival’s service-oriented mission, volunteers receive free admission.

“Four hours of volunteer work during the festival is a ticket,” said Bailey.

“You can either work front gate parking, kids activities or cleanup.”

Those interested in volunteering can contact Christina Bailey at christina.spectrum@gmail.com.

For more information on the festival and a suggested list of what to bring with you click here or email gatiproductions@gmail.com.