All festival events take place at Prairie Park Properties near Yelm Cinemas between Mattress Ranch and the Fay Fuller Building on Yelm Avenue East. Vendor booths open late afternoon, early evening Friday night. Vendors include Bolen BBQ with slow-cooked pulled pork sandwiches and southern coleslaw, Galaxy donuts, The Man BBQ with barbecue beef, cotton candy, kettle corn and ice cream. Tacos Gaby and Cattleman’s will serve from their famous food trucks. A Seattle food truck with Chinese food and HamHock Jones Soul Food will also bring their meals on wheels.
Clothing and cooking supply vendors are represented in the vendor area, including Alien Wear, as well as jewelry, soaps, geometric art and telepathic art.
Alien Pale Ale beer, made by Fish Brewing Company in Olympia, is sure to be a big hit and is available at the beer and wine tent for those 21 years old and up. Brew fans can get it on tap or in bottles.
Area 51, a play area for kids, will feature an “Out of this World” giant alien spaceship bouncer, an inflatable obstacle course and giant mountain slide and Ernie the Rocketman Magician. Cost to enter Area 51 is $10 for unlimited play on Saturday and $5 on Sunday.
The schedule of events is listed below; see last week’s Nisqually Valley News for details about the performers.
Friday, July 28
8 p.m. — Opening Ceremony with “Close Encounters” Theme, Nessu Dorma by Bob Corl, festival kickoff with Yelm Mayor JW Foster and Kelley Birdeau song to the Celestials
8:15 p.m. — Urban Shaman
9:05 p.m. — Michael Apau, poet
9:10 p.m. — Altai Band
10 p.m. — Skywatch with James Gilliland
Saturday, July 29
10 a.m. — “Close Encounters” Theme, Warren Schaffer Choir
10:10 a.m. — Astro Kirby and the Moon Patrol
11 a.m. — Urban Shaman
Noon — ALF Parade, led by Artesian Rumble Arkestra, all Alien Life Forms invited
12:30 p.m. — LKMY (Alchemy)
2 p.m. — Astro Kirby and the Moon Patrol
3:30 p.m. — Askew Trio
5 p.m. — Kissy Flick
6:30 p.m. — The Science of Deduction
8 p.m. — Letters From Traffic
9:30 p.m. — The Fabulous Downey Brothers
Sunday, July 30
10 a.m. — “Close Encounters” Theme, Cindy Schorno, Giovanna De Luna
10:15 a.m. — Clinton Dogger Mullins
11:15 a.m. — David Wayne
12:15 p.m. — Kenny Peck and the Smoky Jack Band
1:30 p.m. — Primal Union