By Harrison Thrasher The Mason Times
Mason’s annual Sun Dried Music Festival has now set its dates this year to be Aug. 28-30.
The three-day festival will kick off on Friday, Aug. 28 with the event opening at 6 p.m., and the first concert beginning at 7 p.m. The festivities will continue through the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 30.
Patrick Hicks, the vice president of the festival, says the festival committee is working to create a friendly environment for people of all ages.
“We are making adjustments to ensure that it’s a safe, friendly and appealing event,” said Hicks. “We are expanding our children’s area to be a little bit bigger this year to include more entertainment for kids.”
According to Hicks, it is important to bring the community together for this type of event because it can showcase the close-knit community in Mason, and the small-town traditions that make Mason unique.
“We will continue to have a 50/50 raffle, a church service on Sunday, a second stage to showcase new acts and a main stage to showcase the premier acts,” said Hicks. “We also have the possibility of a new street dance act.”
City Council approved of the street closures needed to set up the main areas of the festival. The closures are, according to Hicks: Jefferson between Ash and Sycamore, Maple between Mason State Bank and Barnes, Barnes between Maple and Ash and the eastern half of Ingham Court Alley.
The closures will take effect at 8 a.m. on Aug. 28 and end at 4 p.m. on Aug. 30. Hicks estimates that the festival site will be cleaned up by the time the roads open back up.
Mayor Pro Tem Marlon Brown wants a new website developed so people can be as up-to-date as possible on the event. As of right now, the only internet base for the festival is through the DDA website.
“Once the new website becomes available, correspondence will be sent to the council and the website will be included in the city packets so that the general public can see and know where to go to get more information,” said Brown.
Hicks is optimistic about this year’s festival and hopes that more people even from outside Mason can come and enjoy the festivities.
“We want people from all over the area to come and enjoy the festival,” said Hicks. “As far as the website travels, we want people to come and enjoy it.”