Winlock Banjo Picking Chicken

The 20th Annual

Winlock
Pickersfest

July 31st - August 2, 2020


Winlock Pickersfest FAQs

 
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WAMA's Annual Winlock Pickersfest is held each year on the first weekend of August.
For 2020, the festival will be July 31st through August 2nd, 2020.


Winlock Pickersfest is held at Winolequa Park, just north of Winlock, WA.
Nestled in a beautifully wooded area, Winolequa Park is conveniently located close to Interstate 5.   Less than 2 hours drive south of Seattle and an hour north of Portland, this gem of a Pickersfest is within close driving distance for anyone wanting to have fun and listen to fantastic live music. People who play acoustic instruments will find impressive workshops, and lots of jamming with plenty of great pickers who show up every year for this awesome festival.
Please check our Directions page for a map and written directions.


Winlock Pickersfest is an acoustic music festival that covers a diverse selection of musical genres (i.e., Swing, Choro, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Cowboy, etc.) The festival includes instructional workshops, genre jams, open mics, plenty of picking and grinning, organized kids activities, lots of unorganized jamming of different genres, and other activities. Check out the rest of our website to see details about the live bands, the workshop schedule, camping details, ticket info, links, and much more.

  1. How and when may tickets be obtained?   Festival tickets may be purchased at the entry gate using cash, check, or debit/credit card on Thursday through Saturday of the festival. Every person (age 13 and over) must purchase tickets for the days they will be attending. Colored wristbands will be issued to each attendee and the specific color of the purchased wristband will designate the number of days paid for. Every attendee needs to wear a wristband. Attendees purchasing tickets online will need to stop at the entry gate to receive their color-coded wristbands.
    PLEASE NOTE: Sunday performances are FREE No wristband is required that day.
    Please visit our Tickets page for more information.
    ONLINE TICKET SALES: Tickets will be sold online using a credit/debit card from June 1, through one week before the festival begins. Online ticket purchases may be made within this time frame using the link above.
  2. If I purchase my tickets online, can I cancel and get a refund?
    YES   Online refunds are available only up to 7 days prior to the festival. Please use our "Contact Us" page (Attention: Marv Sobolesky - Pickersfest Refund). Please provide the date of purchase, the amount paid, your name, and email address. You will be contacted shortly after your refund request is received.
  3. Can I buy a 1 day ticket?
    YES  Tickets are sold as "Friday Tickets, Saturday Tickets, or Weekend Tickets."
    Please visit our Tickets page for more information.
    PLEASE NOTE: Sunday performances are FREE!
    There will be two performances on Sunday. The first starts at 10:00 am and the second concludes at 11:45 am.


YES   Pickersfest is a very kid friendly festival!
Winolequa Park is a beautiful park with a very nice playground and lots of room for kids to run and play. Pickersfest even has scheduled Kids Activities on Saturday. Please see our Schedule Page. Hopefully, you will encourage your children to participate in these Kids Activities.
We do ask that parents monitor their children during the performances and around other scheduled events to prevent distracting the audience and performers (i.e., please make sure your children don't roll handfuls of gravel down the metal slides during a performance, etc.)


YES   Children 12 years of age and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.


YES   You can leave the festival grounds whenever you want. When you return, you must stop at the festival entry gate and have everyone in the vehicle show their wristbands for re-entry to the festival.


YES   During the festival, well behaved pets are allowed throughout the park and camping area with the exception of a marked off pet free zone around and in front of the stage and the concession area. Please clean-up after your pet.


YES   Sunday at Pickersfest is FREE!
Pickersfest has two (2) performances on Sunday starting at 10:00 am and ending at 11:45 am.


NO   On Pickersfest Thursday, Friday and Saturday everyone must have a ticket to enter the festival grounds, but
Sunday at Pickersfest is FREE!
Pickersfest has two (2) performances on Sunday starting at 10:00 am and ending at 11:45 am.


If you want to check on getting a press pass, please use our "Contact Us" page (Put Attention: Marv Sobolesky-Press Pass in the Subject field). Please provide Marv with your contact information and press credentials and ask him about getting a press pass.

  1. Besides music performances, what other activities are part of the festival?
    The festival includes instructional workshops, genre jams, open mics, plenty of picking and grinning, organized kids activities, lots of unorganized jamming of different genres (if you don't plan to jam, you are free to watch and listen), and other activities. Check out the rest of our website to see details about the live bands, the workshop schedule, camping details, ticket info, links, and much more.
  2. Can I dance during a music performance?
    YES   If the music moves you, please feel free to dance. Some people have even enjoyed using hula hoops with the beat of the music. We just ask that you step to the side so you don't disturb audience members that only want to listen and watch the performances.
  1. What kind of seating is available for performances and other activities?
    The park only has a few picnic tables near the stage. We suggest you bring your own comfortable lawn chair for your best seating.
  2. Do you provide water?
    We suggest you bring plenty of water (cooled the way you want). If you forget or need more, WAMA sells chilled bottled water for $1 per bottle at the INFO booth.
  3. What about food at the festival?
    If you don't care to purchase the food offered at the Park's concession stand, we suggest you bring a cooler with the amount and type of food you enjoy eating.
  1. Is there on-site Camping?
    YES   Pickersfest at Winolequa Park has plenty of room for dry camping. There are mowed grassy areas for rigs and tents as well as separate areas for tents only.
  2. Is camping included in the price of a festival ticket?
    NO   There is a $10 per night camping fee per campsite that goes directly to the park. (Thursday through Saturday night of the festival, camping fees are paid at the Pickersfest entry gate.)
  1. When do the festival grounds open?
    The festival grounds for Pickersfest open at 12:00 noon on Thursday so campers wanting to get an early start on setting up and jamming can purchase their festival tickets and pay the entry gate for the nights they will be camping. If you arrive earlier than that, you will need to register for the festival and camping when the entry gate is open.
  2. When will we get our wristbands?
    All festival attendees will get their wristbands when they register at the entry gate, starting on Thursday at 12:00 noon.
  3. When does the music start?
    Please check our Schedule page for actual starting times for workshops, genre jams, performances, and other festival activities. You will also find lots of unscheduled jamming happening around the park that you can ask to join or listen.


Pickersfest has NO reserved seating locations for performances. Seating is first come, first serve. For consideration of others, we do ask that you don't set up your seats, then not attend the performances.


A large parking area is conveniently located across the entry road from the performance area. We suggest that people who are camping park their non RV vehicles at their campsites. Four designated ADA parking slots are located next to the ADA accessible restrooms. There is limited parking space along the road running through the park. RVs are allowed to park on the lawn of one of the ballfields with tent and trailer campers. Click here to see a map of the Pickersfest festival grounds. If additional ADA parking consideration is needed, please inform volunteers working at the entry gate or information booth for assistance. We have a WAMA golf cart available to transfer guests from the parking lot to the performance area and back.


Newly remodeled park restrooms are located directly behind the concert seating area (grassy knoll) next to the concession area. These restrooms are ADA accessible. Portable toilets are located near the main camping area and parking lot.


Pickersfest is truly a labor of love created by the volunteers of WAMA. If you are available to volunteer your time working at the festival, you will find it to be a very FUN and REWARDING experience. Pickersfest always welcomes exceptionally friendly, easy-going volunteers. We appreciate people who love music and who love people, and we're grateful for all of the dedicated volunteers who make the festival and related music programs possible.
Click here for Instructions for Signing Up to volunteer.


If you want to check on being a vendor, please use our "Contact Us" page (Put Attention: Marv Sobolesky -Vendor in the Subject field). Please provide Marv with your contact information and ask Marv about being a Pickersfest vendor.


NO   There are No ATMs at Winolequa Park. We suggest you bring the amount of cash you feel you will need with you. If you find yourself in need of cash you may leave the festival grounds to drive the few miles to access an ATM conveniently located in downtown Winlock. ATMs are located at Timberland Bank (209 NE 1st St.), at the front of the building at 401 NE First St., and inside the IGA Grocery Store (206 E Walnut St.). Please be sure you have your wristband when returning to the festival.

Cash needed at the festival:

  • Tickets and Camping may be paid via cash, check, or credit/debit cards at the entrance gate.
  • Most merchandise at the INFO Booth may be purchased with cash, check, or credit/debit cards.
  • 50/50 Raffle is cash only (It is much more convenient to use cash for other raffles as well.)
  • Concession Stand food prepared by Winlock Park Dept. is sold by cash only.
  • Purchase of performer's CDs and other merchandise is cash only.


In the past, an EMT has sometimes been available at the park. If need arises, emergency services can quickly be provided from Winlock which is a very short distance from the park.


YES  You can bring your camera. We would love to see your shared photos on social media sites or post them on the WAMA Facebook site.

  1. Will you provide water?
    We suggest you bring as much of your own water as you feel you will need. It does get hot in August. If need be, WAMA sells cooled bottles of water for $1 per bottle at the INFO Booth.
  2. What kind of food and drinks will you have?
    The Winolequa Park Board operates a concession stand that sells a diversified menu of food items and canned drinks, including morning breakfast dishes. Food is available at the concession stand starting at noon on Friday through noon on Sunday (Sunday breakfast). Funds raised at the concession stand are used to maintain and improve Winolequa Park. If this type of food does not meet your needs, we suggest you bring a cooler with the types of food and drinks you prefer.
  1. There are NO public phones at Winolequa Park.
  2. Is there good cell phone service at the Park?
    NO   Since Winolequa Park is in a low lying area behind hills, cell service is very limited with only a few providers (you might be one of the lucky ones.) Since WAMA provides a limited free WiFi service, if your cell service allows calls to be made over WiFi, this might work for you with texts and short calls.
  3. Will you have phone charging stations?
    NO   There are very few electrical outlets in the covered dining area next to the concession stand, most of which are in use by the concession stand and for operations concerning festival performances. If you are planning on using your cell phone a lot, we suggest you bring an alternate device for charging your phone (i.e., cell phone charging batteries, etc.).


YES   WAMA provides free WiFi during Pickersfest. This service is available near the concession area. Since the speed of the WiFi is limited, we ask that you use it for short emails, texts, etc. Please be considerate of others by NOT trying to stream videos and large files. The WiFi connection information can be found in the schedule brochure provided at the entry gate or INFO booth.


YES   If you are planning on staying in a local hotel, motel, or B&B, we suggest you make your reservations early. You can find the information you want by using our website page on Lodging and clicking on the Discover Lewis County image.

  1. What restaurants are near Winlock, WA?
    To find restaurants in and around Winlock, please Click this link..
  2. Does Winlock have a grocery store?
    Winlock's grocery store is IGA
    400 SE Cowlitz Rd
    Winlock, WA 98596.
    Click here to see grocery stores near Winlock.
  3. What is there to see and do around Winlock?
    Click here to Discover Lewis County's Winlock area.


Pickersfest ends at 12:00 noon on Sunday of the festival.

 

 

 
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Camping FAQs


YES   Winolequa Park has plenty of room for dry camping. The $10 per night camping fee goes directly to the park. (Thursday through Saturday of the festival, camping fees are paid at the Pickersfest entry gate.) There are mowed grassy areas for rigs and tents as well as separate areas for tents only.
Check out our Pickersfest Camping page for more information.


NO   For Pickersfest, a separate camping fee of $10 per night per campsite is required if you want to camp at Winolequa Park. This fee is collected at the Pickersfest entry gate (Thursday through Saturday). To camp before and after the festival, the $10 fee is paid directly to Winlock Parks using the registration envelopes located at the camping kiosk at the park entrance.

  1. Can I pay to camp just one night?
    YES   Please keep in mind:
    1. If you purchase a Friday only ticket, and you are going to arrive on Friday morning for a 1 day entrance to the festival and camping for 1 night, we ask that you leave early enough on Saturday morning so you don't disturb the Saturday morning festival events. For this, you will NOT be allowed to attend any of the Saturday events without purchasing a Saturday festival ticket.
    2. If you plan to camp on Thursday night and attend the festival on Friday, you will then need to leave shortly after the last performance on Friday evening (about 9:00 pm). If you then decide to camp Friday night and leave early the next morning, you will need to pay for a second night of camping.
    3. If you are only going to purchase a Saturday only ticket, you will need to arrive before 9:00 am on Saturday morning, if you want to attend the Saturday Workshops. You will then need to leave by 3:00 pm on Sunday, which is the normal camping checkout time. Since the festival is free on Sunday, you can catch the Sunday morning performances and maybe have breakfast from the concession before you leave, if you want.
  2. Can I reserve a camp site?
    NO   There are no reservations for campsites at Pickersfest. Campsites are first come, first serve. We suggest you arrive early enough to select a campsite that best suites your needs.
  3. Can I camp at Winolequa Park during the festival and NOT pay to attend the festival?
    NO   During the Pickersfest festival camping nights of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you will need to purchase tickets for the number of days you will be attending the festival and pay the camping fee for the type of tickets you purchase.
  1. What RV hookups are available when camping during Pickersfest?
    Winolequa Park provides only dry camping. (Dry camping is a way of using your RV without hooking up to utilities. While it is somewhat less comfortable, it also helps keep your festival cost down.) We suggest you make sure your RV has plenty of water, a well charged battery for any camping electrical needs, and that you've dumped your black water storage before you arrive to camp at Pickersfest.
  2. I have a 34 ft motorhome and a tow vehicle. Will my rig fit in the camping area?
    YES   Winolequa Park has plenty of room for rigs this size. Keep in mind, to get through the opening in the fence to the campers area, you may need to disconnect your towed vehicle so you can get your rig in at a correct angle to avoid problems.
  3. Is there an RV Dump Station at Winolequa Park?
    NO   Winolequa Park does NOT have an RV Dump Station.
    This is a link to the dump stations near Winlock, WA.


Newly remodeled park restrooms are located directly behind the concert seating area (grassy knoll) next to the concession area. These restrooms are ADA accessible. Portable toilets are located near the main camping area and parking lot.   Currently, there are still NO showers at Winolequa Park.


YES   During the festival, well behaved pets are allowed throughout the park and camping area with the exception of a marked off pet free zone around and in front of the stage and the concession area. Please clean-up after your pet.


NO   For festivals like Pickersfest, a great many of the campers staying throughout the festival are acoustic musicians that come to jam with other musicians and get as much jamming time in as possible. Therefore, jamming may be heard in the camping areas up to 24 hours a day. Also, Winolequa Park is located adjacent to very well used train tracks and the sound of trains can be heard periodically throughout the day and night. If you are a light sleeper, we suggest you bring and use comfortable ear plugs, or try to locate your campsite away from where most of the jamming is happening. For tent campers, the Pickersfest Info booth, or a person at the entry gate may be able to indicate where the quieter campsites "might" be found.


YES   You may camp at Winolequa Park for a maximum total of 14 nights, which includes the three (3) nights of the festival. (Just register with the park before and after the festival and at the Pickersfest entry gate for the nights you will be at the festival.)


YES   You can leave the festival grounds whenever you want. When you return you must stop at the festival entry gate and have everyone in the vehicle show their wristbands for re-entry.
If you're camping, please keep in mind that camping sites at Pickersfest are first come, first serve. If you leave the festival grounds in your RV, you may need to find a new campsite when you return.

  1. What restaurants are near Winlock, WA?
    Click to find restaurants near Winlock.
  2. Does Winlock have a grocery store?
    Winlock's grocery store is IGA
    400 SE Cowlitz Rd
    Winlock, WA 98596.
    Click here to see grocery stores near Winlock.
  3. What is there to see and do around Winlock?
    Click here to Discover Lewis County's Winlock area.
  1. Check out time 3:00 pm.
  2. All campers must stop and register at the Pickersfest entry gate. For nights before and after Pickersfest, please register with the park at the camping kiosk near the park entrance. Please park extra vehicles at your campsite.
  3. Well behaved Pets are allowed throughout the festival grounds.
  4. Speed limit in campground and parking area is 5 mph.
  5. Please do not climb on or destroy trees.
  6. An adult must monitor their children under thirteen years old at all times.
  7. Do not feed wild animals or encourage them into the RV park/campground.

 


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