Music fest again benefits KAIR, despite rainy weather

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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Tim Monroe and this therapy dog Dottie, of Rives Junction – north of Jackson, enjoy a performance during the annual Tow Jam Music Festival at the Rapid River Campground. Monroe said Dottie went through extensive training at MSU and visits care facilities and veteran’s hospitals throughout the state.

RAPID RIVER TWP. – The Rapid River Campground on US-131, north of Kalkaska, was alive with music over the weekend, as it played host to the third annual “Tow Jam Music Festival” on Aug. 17-19.

And, now, officials at the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) are singing the praises of the musical fundraiser. That’s because, while admission was free, those attending the three-day musical festival Thursday through Saturday, were asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item, with proceeds benefitting the KAIR, a nonprofit agency which seeks to assist low-income families in Kalkaska County.

“Tow Jam was a huge success,” said Cathy Somes, executive director of KAIR. “There were approximately 150 people in attendance. We accumulated nearly 300 pounds of food in donations, as well as financial donations that will purchase an estimated 4,500 additional pounds of food.”

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