Bluesfest To Rock Park

ST. MARYS — K.C. Geiger Park will once again echo with the sounds of blues as an annual music festival returns this weekend.

The 2014 Riverside Bluesfest kicks off on Saturday with a slate of bands the blends nationally known acts with local artists. In addition to live music, the one-day festival will feature a slew of food and beverage vendors as organizers continue to tweak the event.

“We are trying to make it a little more unique,” said Dave Stilwell, an organizer of the event.

The park opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and the ticket office at 11 a.m. The gates to the festival open at noon with music starting at 1 p.m. with local band The Red Briar. At 2:30 p.m., Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points featuring Wade Baker hit the stage; the Kelly Richey Band plays at 4:20 p.m.; the Scotty Bratcher Band performs at 6:10 p.m.; the Bart Walker Band plays at 8 p.m.; and the Shane Dwight Band closes the festival by taking the stage at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $15 presale and $20 the day of the event. Proceeds from the event will help the K.C. Geiger Park Improvement Committee continue its efforts to make the park a viable attraction for local residents.

Presale tickets can be purchased at the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, Beer Barrel, all five Schwieterman Pharmacy locations, Pantry Pride, Kroger, Dogs-R-Us, America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, the Dutch Mill Cafe, Tailgaters Toot n Tell, Dave’s BBQ, Chief in Celina and Java Nation. For more information, visit