Music Festival coming to Rolling Prairie UMC

May 10, 2019

ROLLING PRAIRIE — Local jazz enthusiasts are gearing for Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church’s third annual Music Festival and Pulled Pork Dinner on May 18.

The family-friendly festival will feature six of the area’s most talented jazz ensembles.

The annual music festival is becoming a yearly staple for not only the congregation, but for families all over Rolling Prairie.

The festival was born out of the dissolution of the town’s Olde Farmers Fest, according to festival coordinator, Carrie Ann Carlson.

“The church always had had a booth at the festival. It was a shame for the community to lose that,” Carlson said. “After [Old Farmers Fest] ended, we decided we wanted to put on an event that would draw people in. It’s great for people to come together and listen to music. It really creates that community feel.”

This year, the New Prairie High School Jazz Band will be opening the event at 3:30 p.m. Following them will be Down by the Dock Jazz Band, the Portage High School Jazz String Orchestra, Portage High School jazz Combo, Portage High School Choraliers Vocal Jazz and Old Tyme Blue Grass Band.

“We thought it would be interesting to have it [consist of] primarily jazz performances. It is hard to find shows that feature a lot of jazz. You only really see rock or country artists playing in this area,” said Carlson.

The event will be held outside, weather permitting.

“We have a nice pavilion outside we hope to use, as long as the weather is nice.” said Carlson.

Festival goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

There will be more than 150 musicians playing the festival, which is free of charge. Some ensembles will vary their performances from jazz to bluegrass.

There will also be pulled pork dinners available for purchase. Sides include baked beans, potato salad, slaw, bread, pickles and desserts. Adult meal tickets are only $10 and children 5 and under eat for free. Pre-sale dinner tickets can be reserved by calling the church’s office phone at (219) 778-2910.