Rock n' roll and munch on 'cue at the third annual Valley Center MusicFest, a free, family friendly event set for Saturday, June 7 from noon to 9:30pm. In addition to a great lineup of live music, the festival includes a state-sanctioned championship BBQ cook-off. This event is held annually at the beautiful and entertaining Bates Nut Farm, which is located at 15954 Woods Valley Rd. in Valley Center.
This year the event expands with a Kansas City BBQ Cook-off, in addition to twelve bands on three stages, a beer and wine garden, door prizes, foods, face-painting and a silent auction. Best part is that parking and admission to the festival is free! The festival begins at noon with the National Anthem and performances from the award-winning Valley Center Middle School and High School Jazz bands then continues with performances by local bands and musicians throughout the event.
Thirty BBQ teams are competing in the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off. This is a California State Championship event that leads to national championships. Select BBQ items of chicken, pork, pork ribs and brisket will be available for purchase in a rare opportunity to sample the award-winning meats. The beer and wine garden will be at the center of the event for the 21 and over crowd with a selection of craft beers and boutique wineries. A wide variety of silent auction items will be displayed for bidding. The Miss Valley Center Court will be selling raffle tickets for dozens of prizes, including a high-end grill.
This annual event is a key fundraiser for the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters which support the efforts of about 700 award-winning choir and band students in the Valley Center schools. The Music Festival performers donate their time to this annual fundraiser.
All proceeds help fund this year’s $100,000 goal of the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters organization to support the uniforms, instruments and competitions for Valley Center and Pauma music programs. The Boosters help purchase and keep hundreds of instruments tuned up and in good shape for so many 5th-12th graders in the award-winning school bands. The Boosters also fund the ability for both band and choir to participate in competition events at the middle and high school levels. The programs are noted for their highly successful results in these events.
For more information about the Valley Center Music Festival visit vcmusicfest.com.