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Pine Point Music Fest focus is 'peace through action'

For a great mix of local music played for a charitable cause, come to the Pine Point Music Festival, to be held Saturday, July 30, at the Pine Point Pow Wow Grounds.

The event begins at noon.

The festival's stated mission is "Violence Prevention through Community and the Arts."

"The original intention was a natural demonstration of peace through action," said Tina Penn, who organized the festival.

Working with the mental health community for years, Penn said she organized the festival last year to bring people together for a good cause, violence prevention. Music is the most non-threatening way to bring people together, she said last year as her reason for organizing a music festival.

She went to other festivals to see how it was done, and said while the presentation wasn't that impressive, the music was therapeutic.

Rocking the stage this year will be bands Red Cedar Lake, beginning at noon, followed by Stewart Ville Band, Raven Darkcloud, Maynard and Joanie LaVallie, SkyBlues Band, Hannks Band and Eddie Kidd. Each band will play in one-hour increments. A jam session will round out the night at 7 p.m.

Admission for the festival is freewill donation, which once costs are covered, will be donated to a charity of the band's choice.

Bring your own chair for the festival.

Penn hopes the budding festival will catch fire after a slow debut.

"We had an okay crowd, but we certainly didn't make enough to cover expenses," Penn said of last year's concert.

To make this year's event more successful, Penn has solicited more sponsors.

"Our sponsorship has increased," Penn said, adding that the festival has "had great support from businesses."

Donations for the festival can be sent to Pine Point Community Council, PO Box 56, Ponsford, MN 56575.

Nathan Kitzmann and Pippi Mayfield are staff writers at the Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Mayfield can be reached at pmayfield@dlnews