Summerfest

Allison Covington puts together packets for Summerfest artists on Thursday afternoon in the Summerfest office.

Father’s Day is approaching, and with that comes three days of art, music and food in downtown Logan at the Tabernacle Block.

This year the Mountain Crest High School marching band is opening Summerfest with a performance on Thursday morning. According to multiple current and past event organizers, this is the first time they remember a high school marching band participating in the event.

“It will be kind of showy to say ‘The festival is now open,’” said Summerfest Executive Director Elaine Thatcher.

Eleanor Wellings participated in organizing Summerfest music for many years and said she had wanted marching bands to participate in the festival but it never happened because the festival fell during the students’ off season. Wellings said she is excited to see this finally happen.

Like the other musicians and musical groups that participate in Summerfest, Thatcher said the band will be compensated for their performance. Band director Joel Yoder said the money will go toward new uniforms, instruments and travel.

“It’s really fun because a lot of the kids and families, including myself, have been around and watched that and just have enjoyed it in the past,” Yoder said. “To actually be a part of it, it’s fun to be on the other side of that and to be able to have the kids share of their talents and to be included in such a big thing like that.”

Yoder said the performance this week comes at the beginning of the band’s season and is an exciting time for the students.

“We are getting ready for our parade season coming up, and so this is a chance for us to get ourselves out in public,” Yoder said.

Interest in festival participation continues to grow, Thatcher said. Although the number of performers has stayed similar over the past few years because there is only so much stage time available, the number of visual artists has been increasing.

This year there are over 150 visual artists participating. Last year there were 165 artists, the most the festival has seen.

“I don’t think we want to grow any bigger in terms of the number of artists we invite, because you get to a point where none of them makes sales enough to meet their costs,” Thatcher said.

Managing the growing pains that come with this increased interest is a balancing act, Thatcher said.

“Our costs are going up every year. It’s a free festival, we want to keep it free because people of all walks of life can come and enjoy this,” Thatcher said. “You see a cross-section of Cache Valley here.”

One new expense the festival will be covering this year is a fee to use the Tabernacle block. In the past, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allowed Summerfest to use the space free of cost, but the event is hard on the block’s grass and Thatcher said this year the maintenance crew wants to take extra measures to restore the area.

Thatcher said the increasing festival costs may be covered in part by raising vendor fees for Summerfest. However, she doesn’t want the increases to burden them. Other revenue may come from grants or increased community sponsorship.

Summerfest will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday this week and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The event will include food, visual artists and performers. More information can be found at logansummerfest.com.

Performance Schedule for Summerfest:

THURSDAY

11 a.m., Mountian Crest Marching Band, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

12:30 p.m., Ravens, country rock, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

1 p.m., Craig Mecham, singer/songwriter, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

2 p.m., The Culprit, country blues/folk/modern, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

2:30 p.m., Utah Slim, folk/singer/songwriter, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

3:30 p.m., Pudding, jazz, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

4 p.m., Many Strings, western folk, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

5 p.m., Sundown Swing, western swing/cowboy, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

5:30 p.m., My Freinds, classic rock, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

6:30 p.m., Mama Long Lets, folk/blues, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

7 p.m., Sammy Pond, acoustic/classical/folk/pop/jazz/indie, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

8 p.m., Kate Macleod, folk/singer/songwriter, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

FRIDAY

11 a.m., Raindogs, blues/rock/jazz/folk, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

11:30 a.m., High Desert Surfers, surf rock, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

12:30 p.m., Duskess, flamenco/Latin/jazz/neoclassical, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

1 p.m., New Folk Revival, folk, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

2 p.m., Slim Chance and His Psychobilly Playboys, rockabilly/country, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

2:30 p.m., Tycoon Machete, roots/grunge/psych rock, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

3:30 p.m., 4th Street Combo, jazz, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

4 p.m., Sassafras, acoustic folk, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

5 p.m., Juniper Junction, Americana/folk, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

5:30 p.m., Mountian Country, bluegrass, classic country, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

6:30 p.m., Mirage, classic rock and roll, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

7 p.m., Kenadi Doods, country blues, folk, modern, Lewiston Bank Stage.

8 p.m., Memphis McCool, power soul, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

SATURDAY

10 a.m., Cache Community Big Band, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

10:30 a.m., Colt Blankman, cowboy poetry, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

11:30 a.m., Local Sports Team, indy folk/rowdy folk, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

Noon, Cache Theatre Company, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

1 p.m., Entwood, Americana, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

1:30 p.m., Relic, acoustic oldies, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

2:30 p.m., Vintage Vixens, jazz, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

3 p.m., Rough Stock, country rock, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

4 p.m., Big Sis, boogie rock and roll, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

4:30 p.m., Hilkat Johnson, Americana/folk, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

5:30 p.m., Fender Benders, classic rock, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

6 p.m., Katie Ainge, singer/songwriter/Americana/folk, Lewiston State Bank Stage.

7 p.m., Many Miles, funky/soulful/rock/pop, Cache Valley Media Group Stage.

The Creation Station is open Thursday- Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Scheduled activities include:

THURSDAY

Noon, Lori Pomeroy, Opera for Children, backdrop painting.

2 p.m., Kathy Bateman, Opera for Children, theater play with costumes.

3 p.m., Christa Harding, animals dance movement.

4 p.m., Trina Dayley, drum circle.

FRIDAY

Noon, Art Core, community art tree.

1 p.m., Anna Watkins Anawalt, interactive music for children and their parents.

2 p.m., Kathy Bateman, Opera for Children, theater play with costumes.

3 p.m., Christa Harding, animals dance movement.

4 p.m., Trina Dayley, drum circle.

SATURDAY

Noon, Art Core, community art tree.

1 p.m., Anna Walkins Anawalt, interactive music for children and their parents.

2 p.m., Lori Pomeroy, watercolor value animals.

3 p.m., Christ Harding, nature dance movement.

4 p.m., Kathy Bateman, Opera for Children, theater play with costumes.