Friday, February 15, 2008

NEW: The Great Peninsula Future Festival

Here is a new festival planned for this summer. It sounds big, exciting and looks like it is going to be a well organized event with many groups behind it.

What we commonly call the "Kitsap" Peninsula, since Kitsap County takes up most of the area, is actually the "Great" Peninsula. This new event carries the name "The Great Peninsula Future Festival".

Here is their press release:

Sustainability Themed Festival Planned for Port Gamble


The first annual Great Peninsula Future Festival, August 2-3 in Port Gamble, will feature world-class entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable food, interactive displays and educational booths organized around the theme of sustainable living. Planners expect between 5,000 and 8,000 to “come for the entertainment and stay for the message.” Use of the Port Gamble site has been donated by Olympic Property Resources.

The GPFF Planning Council is a nonprofit charitable and educational group formed by Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer and representatives from a dozen nonprofit organizations, including Stillwaters Environmental Center, Kitsap County WSU Extension, the Kitsap SEED Project, Kitsap Audubon Society, Poulsbo Farmers Market, West Sound Conservation Council, Kitsap Conservation Voters, WA State Farmers Market Association, Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance, Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning, New Old Time Chautauqua, and the Oregon Country Fair.

The Council is chaired by Sandra Bauer, one of the organizers of the hugely popular Oregon Country Fair held each year near Eugene, Oregon.

“Our goal is to educate the public about sustainability issues in innovative, interactive and interesting ways,” said Bauer. “The Festival will be a well-rounded event with great local food, juried crafts, entertainment, children’s interactive play and educational area and educationally based interactive exhibits based on a central theme of sustainability. We will address the urgent issues of our times in a festival atmosphere to attract and engage families, as well as the larger community.

Bauer predicts that the annual event will grow into a major regional attraction, bringing attendees and sponsors from all over the State.”

The GPFF Council is seeking business, corporate and organizational sponsors at several levels of support. The Council is also accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, as well as food vendors and companies whose products tie into the theme of sustainability.

For detailed information on how you can become a sponsor, exhibitor or supporter, visit the GPFF website at http://www.greatpeninsulafuturefestival.org/. Or you can contact Sandra Bauer at 425-788-7496 or email her at Sanbauer@aol.com.

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