Arts & Entertainment

Pickin' and cookin' center stage at Pasco festival

Grab the kids, a cooler of refreshment and a blanket this weekend because it's time for the annual Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.

Headlining the music this year will be Ned Crisp and Bottomline from Kentucky.

Regional bands from around Oregon and Washington also appearing include Green Mountain bluegrass band, Dewgrass, Loose Digits, Runaway Train and Cabbage Hill.

"We saw Runaway Train at the Wintergrass Music Festival and were so impressed we hired them on the spot," said Reade Obern, a festival organizer.

"Returning this year is the great family band Dewgrass with just wonderful musicianship and some fine original songs written by talented youngsters."

Add to that some fancy twin fiddling by Cabbage Hill and you've got a sure fire weekend of good music, good food and likely good weather.

The music starts at 5 p.m. June 12 with an open mike session. The main entertainment starts at 7 p.m.

On June 13-14 the event opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 for a weekend pass, $10 for Friday night and $12 for Saturday only. Camping is $12 a night but you must buy a weekend pass to be able to camp, organizers said.

Besides all the cool music going on throughout each day, there'll be some yummy Dutch oven cooking to keep your mouth watering.

There will even be a potluck of Dutch oven chow on Saturday night that will feature a range of recipes for all types of tastebuds.

And if you'd like to learn the secrets of good dutch oven cooking then there will be a seminar 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

Demonstrations also happen throughout the day. And there will even be workshops for kids who would like to learn how to cook in the heavy cast iron cooking pot with tight-fitting lids.

Obie DeWeber, a Kennewick music teacher, also will teach kids age 15 and younger some tricks of the trade when it comes to playing music.

"We are excited to have a youth workshop again," Obern said. "Some instruments will be provided for kids to try."

Here's a music schedule for the weekend:

June 12

-- 7 p.m. -- Runaway Train

-- 8 p.m. -- Loose Digits

-- 9 p.m. Ned Crisp and Bottomline

June 13

-- 1 p.m. -- Cowboy poetry and music

-- 2 p.m. -- Band scramble

-- 3 p.m. -- Cabbage Hill

-- 4 p.m. -- Dewgrass

-- 5 p.m. -- Loose Digits

-- 7 p.m. -- Runaway Train

-- 8 p.m. -- Green Mountain Bluegrass Band

-- 9 p.m. -- Ned Crisp and Bottomline

June 14

-- 10 a.m. -- Gospel singalong

-- 11 a.m. -- Dewgrass

-- Noon -- Loose Digits

-- 1 p.m. -- Green Mountain Bluegrass Band

-- 2 p.m. -- Ned Crisp and Bottomline

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;