Salt Lake residents have the opportunity to support local music and student veterans at the second annual Bearfoot Festival.
The festival will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the South City Campus. This free, all-ages event includes live music, cotton candy, popcorn, a drawing and a silent auction.
All proceeds from the auction will go towards an education fund for student veterans at Salt Lake Community College.
“We’re going to look at what our veterans’ needs are,” says Darlene Head, manager of the SLCC Veterans Center. “A couple things have been thrown around, [maybe] using it for those that don’t have 100% on their Chapter 33 bill, or those that are using Chapters 1606 and 1607, and can no longer use tuition assistance.”
The Veterans Center plans to create a scholarship specifically for student veterans.
“I want to look at where the gap is, the needs of our students; all of our vets can use extra money,” says Head.
Eminent Sol, a electro-synth pop band, and Ellipsis are the headlining acts. Other local and student musicians are also on the bill.
Brook Cummings-Arnold, President of Club Resonance and the person in charge of the festival, is thankful for the artists coming to Bearfoot this year.
“It was luck, pure luck that we got who we got,” says Cummings-Arnold. “Searching for talent was pretty easy, because we’re established in a college, there’s tons of musicians.”
The auction portion of the festival begins at 4 p.m. Items in the auction include gift certificates for spa treatments and tattoos, gift cards to Arby’s and Grinders 13 and a fish aquarium. The ultimate prize is an eight-hour recording session in the Center for Arts and Media.
Any items left over from the auction will be put up for grabs in a drawing at the end of the festival.
Club Resonance is still looking for donations for the silent auction. To donate in support of the auction, contact Darlene Head at 801-957-4289.
The Bearfoot Festival begins at 4 p.m. Admission and parking is free.