Folk music fans are gathering in the city of Sisters. The 16th annual Sisters Folk Festival gets under way this weekend. Event organizers had been worried about a wildfire burning west of town but in the latest weather forecasts are calling for clear skies.
Fire officials with the Shadow Lake Fire are expecting easterly winds to blow smoke away from Sisters over the next few days. That’s welcome news to Assistant Festival Director Travis Ehrenstrom.
He and other organizers are expecting more than 3,000 people to attend performances at the seven different venues spread through out the town.
"You know most festivals like Bonnaroo and huge festivals like that are held in a big grassy lot, but our event is very community-centric where basically you’re in the town of Sisters throughout the whole festival," he said.
Ehrenstrom says the festival has booked a number of national acts this year including Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier and Anais Mitchell.