Forest Grove Hootstock morphing into a three-day event

Hootstock returns bigger and better at the Bradley Creek Schoolhouse

Singer songwriter Oren Barter will be one of some 30 acts entertaining the crowd at the annual Hootstock event.

Singer songwriter Oren Barter will be one of some 30 acts entertaining the crowd at the annual Hootstock event.

Hootstock 2012, the outdoor festival of music, dance and the spoken word was such a success, the Bradley Creek Stumpranchers Association has decided to do it again, bigger and better, on July 26-28.

This year, the event goes for three days instead of just one: on Friday, from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It promises to deliver even more great entertainment at the same historic Bradley Creek Schoolhouse grounds venue, which is located 40 kilometres east of 100 Mile House on Eagle Creek Road, approximately 12 km from Forest Grove.

The lineup of entertainment is extensive, with more than 30 performers, including Ball Gag N Chain Gang, Amber Bowen, Aetheria, Blueline, The Dire Wolves, Drum & Bell Tower, Doug Koyama, Esmerelda, Jesaja Class, Roarlore, Lorne Dufour, Maestro Kit, Mike Freesoul Band, Mag Mawhinney, Marianne Van Osch, Oren Barter, Papa Lung, Rak’shada, Sage Birchwater, Samantha Scott, Tax Free Liquor, Tom & John, The Hobo, and more.

Koyama will offer his Timeless Voices a cappella workshop and Van Osch presents her, From Memories to Manuscript, workshop on how to turn family and historical stories and memories into a published work.

Astrid Roy, who co-ordinates the event along with husband, Steve Roy, says they’re very excited about the festival.

We’ve [a volunteer group] built a new, permanent stage and we have a top-notch lineup of entertainers. We’ve all been working really hard to make this a good event.”

Inside the refurbished schoolhouse, people can view works by local artists, and on site, food and other vendors will be selling their goods.

Camping is available on site but people need to bring their own drinking water. Wash water will be available.

It’s coming together really well,” Astrid says, adding last year, the one-day-only festival saw approximately 150 people take in the event.

An early bird weekend pass, purchased before July 23, is $50 for general admission. They can be purchased at Nuthatch Books, Creekbend Novelties in 100 Mile House, and The Guitar Seller in Williams Lake.

Early bird tickets must be paid for with a money order.

At the gate, a weekend pass is $60 for adults and $50 for seniors and youth. A Friday pass is $20/$15; on Saturday, it’s $30/$25; and on Sunday, it’s $20/$15.

Free admission will be given to seniors over 80 and children 12 years and under. All youth under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult after dark.

No pets allowed and no open alcohol allowed on festival site.

Any profit will be used for the continuing upkeep and restoration of the old schoolhouse.

For more information, go the festival website at

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