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New festival promotes togetherness
Pronouncing it may be one thing but enjoying it should be easy.
The first Jungible Festival (juhng-uh-buhl) kicks off this weekend, Aug. 24 at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm with jamming music, local food and drinks, and events for all ages.
Jordan Schiefen and Anna Yates, neighbors, moms and music lovers, created Come Together Productions to coordinate the event taking place in the eastern part of the farm where anyone walking or sitting can see the main stage.
They wanted to put on a fun festival in Dungeness for the community to come together.
“Our intent is to be a community-minded event instead of a music festival,” Schiefen, co-owner of the lavender farm, said.
Jungible, Paul Schiefen, fellow owner of the farm said, is a dead adjective from the 1600s meaning things may be joined.
“People are jungible and that’s why we named the production company Come Together Productions,” he said.
Organizers bring together popular acts from around Puget Sound, such as The Polyrhythmics, an Afro-beat band branded one of Seattle’s best of 2012, and Bellingham’s Polecat, a contemporary bluegrass band, to co-headline the festival. Kore Ionz, Blvd Park and Farm Strong featuring Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis support them.
While some music events are geared for the older crowd, the Schiefens encourage families to come and bring children 12 and under in for free.
An area will be set up for them with a stage that they can put on their own shows with multiple instruments. There also are crafts, a hay bale play structure and multiple games all for free inside the event.
The festival also features local vendors with food like ice cream, beer, cider, wine and more.
To help make the event a reality, the festival is partnering with multiple businesses that are donating in-kind services, marketing, staff time and more before and during the event.
Paul Schiefen said they aren’t taking any money from anyone prior to the event either.
“The great thing is we have a tight-knit community and everyone is taking part,” he said.
“We’re trying to do it all grassroots. Everything we’ve been able to use came from the community.”
The Schiefens said business partners even have been promoting it in the Seattle area and around the peninsula. But, since it is the festival’s first year, they have no idea what to expect attendance-wise.
“Whether we have 100 or 500 people, we want them to have fun,” Jordan Schiefen said.
The event is an independent event hosted at Jardin du Soleil and is not affiliated with the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley to create more community programs.
Presale tickets are available for $25 until Friday, Aug. 23.
For more information, visit www.jungiblefestival.com or call 582-1185.