The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 26, 2014

Love the blues? Come out to the mountain!

LAURELTON — There’s less than a day to grab tickets and finalize plans to attend the Second Annual Jacks Mountain Blues Festival — and with the line-up of bands and vendors on tap this year, it shouldn’t be missed.

The Jacks Mountain Blues Festival was started last year by organizers Bob Cunningham and Jim and Juli Unger, who were looking to provide families with a fun event featuring live music, food and craft vendors.

“So many of these types of events are geared for ages 21 and over,” said Cunningham. “We wanted to stay away from that and offer a nice family event.”

Last year the festival drew approximately 1,000 people. This year, Cunningham said they’re hoping to hit 1,500 or more.

“We even had a guy call the other day from South Africa using an interpreter — he bought four tickets and they will be traveling here for the festival,” said Cunningham. “I’m really excited about that.”

The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the West End Fairgrounds with a performance by the Skyla Burrell Blues Band, followed by Reverend Blue Jeans, back for the second year in a row.

Though music doesn’t begin until later, the campground opens at noon and vendors will be set up early, said Cunningham.

“We are once again offering free on-site camping and free parking,” said Cunningham. “RV/campers with electrical hook-up are also available on a first come, first-serve basis for $35.”

Vendors this year will be selling food, jewelry, clothing, walking canes, candles, CDs and more. Spyglass Winery will also be on site this year, offering wine-tasting and selling a variety of locally-made wines.

Saturday’s line-up begins at 11 a.m. when The Sterling Koch Band takes the stage and wraps up with Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers at 8:30 p.m.

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