Music festival June 15 to benefit Cambridge Fire Relief Association

Check out six great musical acts while benefiting the Cambridge Fire Relief Association.

The ‘Fire on the Rum’ outdoor music festival will be held June 15 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge. The event will be held rain or shine. fr_Rum

The lineup includes Vulkan at 12:30 p.m., The Mystery Mountain Boys at 2:30 p.m., The Devon Worley Band at 4:30 p.m., Whiskey Tango at 6:30 p.m., Hitchville at 8:30 p.m. and Lost Highway at 10:30 p.m. General admission gates open at 10 a.m. and concert attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Cambridge Fire Chief Sean Okerlund explained the all-ages event features some of Central Minnesota’s top country and rock musical acts. Radio personality Amy James, from K102, will appear for happy hour from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

“We have been doing our gun raffle the last five years, where we’ve grown from netting $7,000 to $19,000,” Okerlund said. “All the proceeds from that event have gone toward purchasing speciality tools and equipment we need to provide services for the people we serve.”

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased the day of the event or online at ticketfly.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets are also available at Cambridge City Hall, Northbound Liquor in Cambridge or at the Cambridge Bar & Grill.

There will be camping sites available, food and retail vendors, children’s activities, and security and medical staff on site. Free parking is provided, with parking attendants on site. ATMs will also be on site. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Fire Relief Association.

Okerlund explained a Last Chance Karaoke Contest will be held June 14 at the campground at 8 p.m. Participants must have a two-day camping pass to register, and pre-registration information must be emailed to sean@fireontherum.com.

The winner of the Last Chance contest will be included with the other two winners of karaoke contests held at the Cambridge Bar & Grill and Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill. The karaoke semifinals, sponsored by Coca-Cola, will be held at 8:15 p.m. on June 15, with the two finalists performing at 10:15 p.m. The winner receives a $250 cash prize.

Planning for the musical event began in July 2012.

“My wife actually brought up the idea for a music festival back in July, after she saw a banner for the Cold Spring Fire Fest during a parade in St. Joseph’s,” Okerlund said. “We wanted to do something that isn’t currently offered in our area and increase our fundraising abilities. The proceeds from our fundraising activities have paid for the costs associated with this concert. Taxpayer dollars have not been used to put on this concert.”

Okerlund explained the children’s corner, sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard, will include an AirMaxx Trampoline Launch Pad, National Guard climbing wall and obstacle course, Young Life dunk tank, and other fun activities.

Okerlund said various camping sites are still available. He said primitive tent sites (no water or electricity) will also be available for purchase at the ticket booth the day of the event. Camping check-in June 14 is from noon to 8 p.m. and camping check-in June 15 begins at 7 a.m. More information on camping is available at www.fireontherum.com or by emailing Chris@fireontherum.com or Corey@fireontherum.com.

Okerlund feels the community is excited about the event.

“We have had a lot of positive support from our business community, and everyone I’ve talked to said they are excited about this event,” Okerlund said. “This will be a fun, family event for everyone to enjoy.”

Okerlund said the festival will be the midway stop for the eighth annual Patriot Ride taking place that day, with riders arriving at the festival around 12:30 p.m.

He said Patriot riders will park at the Mills Fleet Farm location and enter the festival grounds for free during their break. He said for every water or beer purchase made by Patriot riders, $1 will be donated to the Cambridge 850th HEC. If Patriot riders decide to come back to the festival after they finish their ride and activities in Ham Lake, they will be able to purchase a ticket for $20.

There will be several food vendors on site including Green Mill Pizza, Wild Willes Sandwich Shack, Whole-E Smokes BBQ, Tom Thumb Donuts, Bubba K’s Dawg House, Mountain Mikes, Brews Brothers, Brass Rail Broasted Chicken Wagon, B&W Concessions and Scoops Ice Cream. There will also be various merchandise retailers on site.

Business sponsorships are still available for the event, with five different options to select from ranging from $150 to $1,000. All sponsorship packages include festival tickets.

For more information on the Fire on the Rum, visit www.fireontherum.com.

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