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Those on the valley floor have another chance to beat the heat this weekend at Camp Nelson.

The annual Camp Nelson Mountain Festival is back after not happening for the last two years. The two-day event will be held for the first time in three years on Saturday and Sunday at Camp Nelson Meadow in the Giant Sequoia Monument.

The festival is presented by the John M Nelson Conservancy and is a fundraiser for the organization. The event features live music, food vendors, craft vendors, a bouncy castle, children’s games, horseshoes, volleyball, cornhole and information about Camp Nelson. There will also be a stand selling beer and wine.

The entrance to the event is free. Those wanting a sneak peek – and perhaps spending the night at Camp Nelson – can head to the kickoff party today from 4pm to 8pm with all the vendors looking to open.

The festival officially starts on Saturday and takes place on Saturday from 10am to 8pm with an after hour party with vendors and live music from 6pm to 8pm. The festival continues on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

The live music will be accompanied by three bands at the event. Fire on the Mountain will be performed on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm, Miles from Nowhere will be performed on Saturday from 5pm to 8pm and the Eaton Pyles String Band will be performed on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

There will be at least 15 food vendors selling a variety of foods and desserts at the event. There will also be numerous craft, plant, food and other vendors at the event selling a wide variety of items.

The list of what will be available at the event goes on: antiques and collectibles; Fine art, photography and original paintings; rustic and wood furniture, wood crafts, rustic signs, miniature log cabins; handmade wooden boxes; maid knife; leather belts and other handmade leather goods; hand-turned pins.

farmhouse decor; wooden huts; river rock creations, stained glass; garden art, metal/wood arches and benches; rope rings, decor and horseshoe art; floral and rustic country decor and seasonal decorations; rose bushes, plants, trees, succulents, pottery, handmade wooden planters; backpacks, purses, headbands, key chains, baseball caps.

hand poured candles, wax melts, electric warmers; epoxy and resin articles; flower coasters, paperweights, bookmarks and trays; soaps, lotions, scrubs, herbal products; T-shirts, jackets, mugs, logo mugs; crocheted blankets, sweaters; aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, wine coasters, pillowcases, rag rugs, pillows, blankets, throws, throws, rugs; gourmet spice mixes, jams, jellies; art supplies, children’s art kits, handspun yarns; Massages, henna tattoos.

Activities at the event include finger puppets, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon art, a rope game, tree trunk cutting and spinning a recycling wheel. There are free games for children and prizes for everyone who participates.

In addition, the John M Nelson Conservancy has extended WiFi to the meadow and will be available. However, organizers say the WiFi has not been extensively tested and the festival will be the first real test.

Vendors should be able to accept electronic payments, but attendees should bring cash for purchases. Pets, outside food and drink are not allowed.

For more information call Debbie, 559-429-5142.

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