A free festival featuring local musicians and a barbecue will be held from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday (July 2), organized by the Methow Headwaters Campaign — a grassroots organization fighting potential copper mining in Mazama.

The event will be held at John Doran’s Walking D Ranch Adventures on Highway 20, just north of Twisp. 

Musical guests include The Last Outlaws, Wild Mountain Nation, Laura Love and the Family Dog, Meghan Collen Doran, Ken Bevis, Pat Hale, Danbert Nobacon and Anna Dooley.

A free pig roast and barbecue will be provided, and people attending the festival are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. Seating for the performances is festival style and guests may bring their own chairs.

The festival is one of a series of events to raise awareness of the Methow Headwaters Campaign, said Hannah Dewey, outreach coordinator for the campaign.

The Methow Headwaters Campaign was launched in February in response to a proposal by a Canadian mining company to explore for copper deposits on U.S. Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama.

The campaign has gathered support from Methow Valley businesses, civic leaders, residents and conservation groups in opposition to any future mining in the upper Methow Valley.

A decision to permit the exploratory drilling is expected to be issued by the Methow Ranger District in July.

Before the festival begins, tours of salmon habitat restoration work on the Methow River north of Twisp will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The tours will leave on the hour from the Community Covenant Church, 710 Highway 20. Pre-register for the tour by email at methowheadwaters@gmail.com, or call (206) 227-8403.