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Party in the Pines – the biggest craft beer festival in Prescott

Chris Chintis, Kent Mattern, and Sherrie Thompson chat during the Third Annual Party in the Pines in downtown Prescott. (Kudos file photo)

Chris Chintis, Kent Mattern, and Sherrie Thompson chat during the Third Annual Party in the Pines in downtown Prescott. (Kudos file photo)

The eighth annual Party in the Pines, the biggest craft beer festival in Prescott, is this weekend at Mile High Middle School, and organizers with Prescott Area Young Professionals (PAYP) say it’s the biggest one yet.

There’s 53 vendors with more than 150 different selections of beverage from beer, wine, mead Kombucha, cider and even non-alcoholic options, said PAYP Chamber Liaison Danielle Rickert. The VIP section, which was new last year, is bigger with more to do as well, Rickert said. The hope is to get 200 to 250 people in there and it’s going to have lounge seating and games plus special beer and food tastings and a goody bag, she said.

“They get to come in early, they’re the first ones who get to go to the tastings, but they’re also going to have a special performance by Nick (Canuel) and Sean (McDermott),” Rickert said. “They do an acoustic hour for the VIP only.”

The gate opens at 4 p.m. for VIP entry and at 5 p.m. for general entry. Tickets for general admission are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, $100 for VIP admission and $15 for designated driver admission. The event is for ages 21 and over.

In addition to the VIP performance, there will be plenty of live music for everyone throughout the day, including Blaine Long and Rosas Del Rey as the headliners, Scandalous Hands, and the Gurley Girls with Papa Wolff and Seismic Nelson. Long was on season 11 of “The Voice”, said PAYP Marketing Co-Chair Alexis Miller.

Food trucks with a wide variety of everything form donuts and nachos to barbecue and pizza will be present too, Rickert said. NAZ Suns is also on board adding some games to the general admission area.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation. Last year the event raised $12,500 and the hope is to do better this year, Rickert said. The goal is to support the community directly, Miller said. It’s hard to pick and choose from all the great charities in the area, but the organization has supported the PUSD Education Foundation for a number of years now, she said.

It’s fun being able to put on a community event that people care about with amazing music, good food and great drinks, Miller said. It also draws people from other areas too, she said.

“Whether they’re coming up from the Valley or coming into the state to come to our event, it’s amazing to see where people are coming from,” Miller said.

For more information about Party in the Pines, visit www.partyinthepinesprescott.com. Mile High Middle School is located at 300 S. Granite St.

By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.