Area 36 hosts 5th annual Blues and Music Benefit

S-E Staff Reporter

It's almost time for the 5th annual Area 36 Blues and Music Festival. This well-known non-profit was started by Jerry Maestas “Sponsor-A-Youth” and Kim Gallagher. Back in the day, Maestas would race to help underprivileged youth. The racing organization was also involved in the Shriner's Hospital holding an annual "pass the helmet" fundraiser, where the proceeds went to Shriners.

“Even though the race car doesn't see the track very much anymore, we wanted to continue with a way to use our non-profit to benefit the Shriners, so we started this event,” said Gallagher.

The first year they held their music benefit they had one band to entertain 50 people. Every year since they've grown. Now that it's the 5th time and they're hosting 11 bands over the course of two days. There's free camping for anyone who wants to stay the night, food and craft vendors, and other fun activities. The benefit will last from July 13-15. Admission is free but donations go to Shriner's Hospitals for Children.

Bands playing on Friday, July 14, are: Stone Apple from 12 to 2 p.m., Royce Govedare High Rollers from 2 to 4 p.m., Workin' Spliffs from 4 to 6 p.m., Jesse Quandt, from 6 to 8 p.m. and HooDooUdu from 8 to 10 p.m.

Bands playing Saturday, July 15, are: Spokane River Bank, 11 to 1 p.m., Laffin Bones from 1 to 3 p.m., Drummerboy Jeff Hayes & Friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Sammy Eubanks from 5 to 7 p.m. Midnight Run Band from 7 to 9 p.m. and Roni Lee Group from 9 to11 p.m.

Jimmy from Big Twin BBQ will be there smoking his amazing turkey legs and pulled pork, and Char Dog will offer everything from burgers and dogs to fish and chips and lots more. There will also be raffles and poker draw and a Krispy Kreme booth.

There is free camping for anyone who like to stay the nights during the event.

Area 36 is located at 1270 Naff Road, Colville. (On Marble Valley Basin Road after ¾ a mile take a left onto Naff Road. Area 36 will be one mile on the right side.)

The name of the benefit was inspired by Maestas' race car number, 36. That was also the inspiration for the name of the physical landscape.

“Our goal is to keep this as a free admission event asking for donations which will go straight to the Shriner's Hospital in Spokane to help our local kids get the medical help they need,” said Gallagher. “We'd love to see a few hundred faces out here this year so help spread the news.”