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August 29, 2013

Folk Fest benefits local food pantry

Tonight will mark the final night of the season for Folk Fest for Food in Cherry Valley.

The festival is free, but donations of food or canned goods are accepted. All proceeds, including food sales at the concerts, will go to the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry in Cherry Valley. 

The concerts were started by Cherry Valley resident Phil Zenir, a local mason and a longtime bluegrass musician. He plays guitar and violin in the band Gravelyard Bluegrass Band, which played at the Aug. 16 event. 

Zenir said he was working on a job when he started thinking about how he could give back to the community. With the downturn in the economy, more and more people were using the services of the food pantry, so it seemed like a worthy goal, he said. 

Tonight’s concert is a singer and songwriter night featuring Cosby Gibson, Mike Feulner and Gravelyard. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. 

“It has evolved into much more than a music festival,” Zenir said. “Many people have commented on how it has become a social event, a great end-of-the-summer gathering.”

Last year’s Folk Fest raised more than $4,000 and three carloads full of food.

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