Rec Park Music Fest returns this weekend

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An annual celebration of local musicians and the jewel of Binghamton parks returns this weekend.

The 22nd Rec Park Music Fest takes place Sunday in and around the park’s historic rotunda.

This year’s event includes bluegrass, folk, rock, and a tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Community Volunteer Jim Reyen began the festival in 1996 as a way to showcase both the park and local bands performing original music.

He says it’s grown into a popular gathering for everyone.

“When I first started it, the goal was to have young people who enjoyed original music.  And now, it’s really kind of blossomed into a family event, or an event for all ages.  It has activities for all ages.  So, young singles can come down and hang out, people can bring their families, a lot of seniors come down and hang out for the day too, so it’s for all ages really,” said Reyen.

Reyen says there will be plenty of shade to keep people cool, as well as the park’s pool and ice cream and lemonade for sale.

People are encouraged to bring their own chairs and picnics.

And there will be children’s activities.

The festival runs from 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For the musical lineup, go to RecParkMusicFest.com.

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