Birch Bay Music Festival bigger than ever this weekend

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Head out to Birch Bay this weekend for the Birch Bay Music Festival, offering two days of music, food and fun in support of a good cause.

The music festival, now entering its fifth year, is the brainchild of Bay Café owner Tammy Pearce. Pearce started the festival as a way to raise money for local animal charities. The festival has grown in popularity over the years, and has expanded to its largest footprint this year, moving from the small lot next to The C Shop to more than 7 acres near the Birch Bay Waterslides.

Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit several local animal rescue charities, including the Friends for Life Canine Scholarship Fund, Creature Comforts Foster Home for Cats and Kittens and the Orca Network. Proceeds will also go toward the Cronk Endowment music program, a music education program through Meridian High School in Bellingham.

At least 17 acts are scheduled to appear over the weekend, playing in a variety of musical genres. Bellingham favorites Rabbit Wilde, Arcade Cowboys and Maximus will join Blaine blues group Lord Knapp.

More than 50 vendors have signed up for the festival. Several kid-friendly activities, from petting zoos to bouncy castles, will be readily available, and adults can check out the beer and wine garden.

Bryan Cronk is once again donating one of his custom-built guitars for raffle.

The festival is free to attend, but donations are welcomed. Donations will be accepted at the gate and on birchbaymusicfestival.com.

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