Q&A With Tenino’s Adam Craig

Large crowds wave to the music at the 2014 Four Square Mile Music Festival in Tenino.

The 2019 Four Square Mile Music Festival will hit Tenino City Park at 6 p.m. July 26 and roll through July 27.

“What better way to benefit a great community and put on a great concert and party all in one?” said Adam Craig, headlining musician for the festival, in an email to the Nisqually Valley News.

Craig said the festival itself has already surpassed his expectations and that whatever good comes from the two-day affair will be “bonus.”

Q&A With Tenino’s Adam Craig

Tenino's own country music star Adam Craig interacts with the crowd at last year's Four Square Mile Music Festival in Tenino.

On Friday, July 26, attendees will pay $20 to see a concert by Craig and fellow country musician Aaron Crawford.

The cover for the next night will stay uniform at $20, but listeners will get concerts from three musicians: Craig, Dylan Jakobsen and Katie Wade.

“The talent this year will be great,” Craig said. “Just come out and see for yourself. Washington has amazing country artists. I’m proud to be one of them.”

The music festival takes place at the same time as Oregon Trail Days.

The festival will feature local vendors, with food and drink available for additional purchase.

Other than the funds going to local businesses, Craig said all the funds raised by the festival will go right back into the community of Tenino.

“We’ve been able to help a lot of people,” Craig said. “That’s why I do this. Help those in need. I was lucky to have parents that bought me a guitar, and were able to sign me up for sports. There’s folks that will have opportunities that might not have been available. There’s not a better reason to do this festival.”

Since the proceeds are going toward the community of Tenino, the Adam Craig Foundation, which puts the festival on, has been eager to grow the event. In recent years the foundation has seen great success in terms of community buy-in.

“The response has been everything we hoped for,” Craig said. “To continue to grow. The last couple years we’ve had over 4,000 people come through. This year will be bigger.”

The Adam Craig Foundation just wants to make a night that everyone will remember, and one that benefits others to boot.

“I think we will give people a night to make memories,” Craig said. “Have the time of their lives. Have a little too much fun. I believe that’s what concerts are for. Letting go and enjoying the people you’re with and country music.”

Visit www.foursquaremilefestival.com to learn more.

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