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Sandy Brewgrass Festival features beer, bands and more

by: contributed photo Pictured are members of Jackstraw, who play Northwest mountain music, a band scheduled to play at the Brewgrass Festival in Meinig Park on Aug. 3. From left are Jon Neufeld, David Pugh, Jesse Withers and Darrin Craig

Is there a better way to celebrate the lazy hazy days of summer than with beer and bluegrass?

If you can't think of one, then you should sashay down to Sandy's Meinig Park, located behind City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, to enjoy the Brewgrass Festival.

The latest installment of the Sandy Summer Sounds series, the Brewgrass Festival features local brews, food booths, two bluegrass bands, face painting and a balloonist.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Pagan Jug Band will play. Its current incarnation includes all-acoustic lineup of banjo, dobro, accordion, blues harmonica, guitar, upright bass and percussion. The band mixes straight-ahead bluegrass, folk and country blues, zydeco and Cajun music. The band plays classic country, folk and roots in addition to its originals.

Then, from 7:15 to 9 p.m., Jackstraw takes the stage. The band's been on the road for 10 years and has released five albums, displaying the quartet's Appalachian-flavored old time music. Jackstraw offers up bluegrass, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll.

Vendors on hand include Fearless Brewery, the Mount Hood Brewing Co., The Beer Den, Sandy River Brewery and Public House, Dita's Chocolates, Smoky Hearth, Wall Street Pizza, Hope Kiwanis and Sandy Kiwanis.

Bennett Johnson, who co-owns Fearless in Estacada with her husband, Ken Johnson, is looking forward to the festival.

'We've never been in a festival in Sandy before,' she says. 'We're going to bring our Scottish ale and our cream ale. Our Scottish is a very traditional ale with a smooth character. Both ales have transformed a lot of Coors drinkers into budding craft beer drinkers.'

The festival is free and family friendly. The parking lot on Meinig Avenue will most likely be under construction, so leave extra time for parking.

Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

For more information on the bands, visit paganjugband.com or jackstraw.net.

For more information on the festival, call the Sandy Community Center at 503-668-5569 or visit ci.sandy.or.us/, and click on 'Sandy Summer Sounds and Starlight Cinema 2011 Schedule.'