For the Reporter
The ninth annual Hops & Crops Music and Beer Festival – featuring cold brews and cool tunes – rocks Mary Olson Farm on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Listen to live music and sample some of the region’s best beverages on the 67-acre, 1879 family subsistence farm at 28728 Green River Road, Kent.
The festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., is for those age 21 and over and features more than 30 craft brews and ciders from local breweries. Live music performances showcase the diverse Northwest music scene, including the sounds of roots, Indie, Americana, soul and funk bands.
More than 900 guests are expected, and many visitors bring along camp chairs and blankets so they can sit back and enjoy the music. Leashed dogs are welcome. Free tours of the historic farmhouse, and an educational “Hops Craze” exhibit are on display.
Classic lawn games and a “Festival Donkey” photo op round out the offerings.
All proceeds from the event support educational programming at the Mary Olson Farm.
The Auburn Downtown Association is sponsoring the event.
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• Performances by: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Tiffany Wilson, Will West and the Friendly Strangers and The Cottonwood Cutups
• Breweries: Bad Jimmy’s Brewing, Dystopian State Brewing, Fish Brewing, Flying Lion Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Geaux Brewing, Half Lion Brewing, Hop Valley Brewing, Iron Horse Brewing, Rail Hop’n’ Brewing, Scamp Brewing, Schilling Cider, and Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
• Food: Bread and Circuses, Tacos La Flaca and Hot Revolution Donuts
• Tickets: $15 online before Sept. 7, $20 at the gate, includes a 5-ounce taster mug and five tokens; $10 designated driver/no taste admission available at the gate only. Purchase tickets at wrvmuseum.org/hopsandcrops.
• About the place: The Mary Olson Farm is a King County Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm operates as a living history and environmental learning site, and is owned by the City of Auburn and managed by the White River Valley Museum. It is available for school and adult tours and for a limited number of other special events. For more information, call 253-288-7433 or visit wrvmuseum.org.