Saturday afternoon will be packed with local music, local food and local art as the sixth annual Harmonyfest takes over Custer Park in Bismarck.
Harmonyfest is free for all ages this year and will be held from 1-7 p.m.
“Come out for the day, bring a chair, and enjoy the day,” Jim McMahon, an organizer for the festival, said.
Performers include Anonymous Phenomenon, Saturn Return/McMahon Bros, Luke Graner, The Prairie Meddlers, Kris Kitko, Copperlight and Ian Ridenhour.
“We try to have a mix of different styles. I always like to incorporate some younger bands — some up-and-coming kids,” McMahon said.
McMahon is hoping to see 200 to 300 people attend the festival. New this year is the presence of the BisMan Community Food Cooperative, which McMahon thinks will be good for the festival.
McMahon spoke with Heidi Demars, an organizer for the co-op about teaming up for the festival earlier in the year.
“I think this is a huge collaborative effort,” he said. “I really appreciate them wanting to hop on board.”
Demars said the co-op is approaching 100 members. Although the goal is 1,000 members, Demars said it has been great to see people “get excited” about connecting consumers with local producers.
“Our vision is similar — we want to see Bismarck become an even better place to live and raise our families,” McMahon said.
The co-op will have a booth serving local food from Northside Market at the festival. There also will be board members present to answer questions on membership or the co-op in general.
“At this point, people know about us, but this is just a way to get out there,” Demars said. “We’re hoping to get quite a few members that day.”
An investment of $200 makes you a “lifetime partner.” Demars said that if someone can’t make the entire payment at one time, it can be paid in $50 installments.
Demars said once the co-op grows, founders will be able to speak seriously about a location for a market.
“We want people who are excited about the co-op to sign up,” she said. “This will be a great opportunity for people to see what we’re trying to do in the future.”
McMahon said people are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the festival. Custer Park is located on the corner of Washington Street and Broadway Avenue in Bismarck.