One of the largest music events in the area will be live streamed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barnfest at Stoney Acres: A Community Food & Music Project, hosted
by the Schmelter family who live off Lobdell Road in Fenton Township, usually draws around 3,000 people to their two-night live music festival.
This year, the event is physically closed to the public, but everyone is invited to watch the live stream on the Barnfest at Stoney Acres Facebook page Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12.
“The biggest challenge is to make sure we continue to support the community who supports us by keeping them safe. Having 3,000-plus people together isn’t safe for everyone right now. We decided the live stream was the best option,” said Heather Schmelter, one of the organizers and daughter of Phil and Deborah Schmelter.
Bands will begin playing around 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the live streams will stop around midnight.
The purpose of the festival every year is to collect food for those in need. Admission to the event is usually a cash donation or a food donation to the Linden Presbyterian Church food bank. Organizers are still hoping to raise money and collect food.
“Sunday is the most important day because that’s when we are doing a “drive through” service in one driveway to the barn and out the other driveway to drop of non-perishable food for donation and also to buy a Barnfest 2020 T-shirt,” Schmelter said.
Eight bands are set to play this year.
“Like previous years, we thought of ways of limiting the people by selling tickets somehow, but found that a live stream during the pandemic was the best option. The bands have been nothing but supportive and it wasn’t hard to gather the lineup, as many wanted to play for the event,” she said.
“It was a hard decision,” Schmelter said. “The committee and family are all saddened by not having Barnfest, but we are hoping the community will still come by on Sunday to drop off non-perishable food that we will take to the Linden Presbyterian food bank.”
7 – 8 p.m.
The Strickler Brothers
11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Rock Squad wsg Paul Scheller
Playin With Jacks (PWJ)
11 p.m.-12 a.m.
Second Hand Mojo