The 2017 Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, held July 21 – 23, was the largest to date, according to a festival news release.

The Winthrop Music Association, the nonprofit board that runs the festival, voted at its September meeting to donate nearly $10,000 to several local and regional programs, including The Cove Food Bank, the Washington Blues Society Musician Relief Program, the Methow Valley School District Music Program, the Methow Valley Education Foundation scholarship fund in the name of local fallen firefighter Tommy Zbyszewski, and Room One.

Since 2005, when the nonprofit took over operations, the Winthrop Music Association has donated nearly $80,000 for arts and culture, educational and social service programs in the Methow Valley and beyond.