Letter: Three Rivers Folklife Society pulls off 17th Tumbleweed Music Festival

September 5, 2013 

Joyful weekend

I'm so thankful to this community! The 17th annual Tumbleweed Music Festival was held Labor Day weekend in Richland's Howard Amon Park. More than 100 acts presented acoustic music, dance and workshops at eight different venues from Friday evening through Sunday night.

This festival brought visitors from throughout the Northwest and beyond for a joyful gathering of music, song and old and new friends, all in a very family-friendly environment with a beautiful park setting on the banks of the Columbia.

How does one say thanks to a community that provides such an event? Tumbleweed is organized by Three Rivers Folklife Society (www.3rfs.org), but could not possibly happen without the tremendous community support of more than 130 volunteers working the weekend, 50 businesses providing sponsorships and many more individuals providing generous financial donations to keep the daytime activities a free admission event for all.

Special thanks to the city of Richland and the parks and recreation staff, led by Stan Johnson, without whom this could not happen. If you didn't make this year's Tumbleweed, plan now to attend next Labor Day weekend when once again you'll encounter great acoustic music on the banks of the Columbia.

GENE CARBAUGH, Richland

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