Northeast Washington’s new Get Out Fest, June 27-30, is being billed as a dynamic, community-led outdoor recreation and culture festival, with festival organizers boasting that there will be something for everyone. Located at the Ferry County Fairgrounds near the town of Republic, the first-time festival is offering a wide range of outdoor activities that festival goers can participate in, as well as food, music, an outdoor film, a climbing wall, and camping.
Events include a timed 5K & Half Marathon on the Ferry County Rail Trail, a mountain bike ride, and a hike on the nearby Kettle Crest Trail, which is part of the congressionally recognized Pacific Northwest Trail. Festival co-founders Emily Burt and Bobby Whittaker recently announced the headlining band for Saturday night will be the twangy, rootsy folk trio, The Cave Singers. “It is really coming together well,” says Whittaker, who has 25 years of experience in music promotions. “Three things make an outdoor recreation and culture festival fun: location, location, location! The fourth and fifth things are wonderful people and great music.”
In addition to its rivers, lakes, and 30-mile rail trail, Ferry County is bookended by the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest—one of Washington State’s best kept recreational secrets. “One of the wonderful things about Ferry County is the abundance of public land and the chance to get outside,” says Burt, who with her husband Billy owns the Republic Brewing Company. “There are literally too many fun outdoor options to mention. The movies, music, food, and camping at the fairgrounds are just icing on the cake and a great way to bring everyone together at the end of a fun day of adventure.” Get Out Fest is happening June 27-30. Tickets and information are available at Getoutfest.com. //