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Gardenstock upping its groovy game in Dixon

Artist Heather Houzenga floats bubbles outside her art booth in August 2015 at Gardenstock Art & Musical Festival. This year's festival is set for Aug. 18.
Artist Heather Houzenga floats bubbles outside her art booth in August 2015 at Gardenstock Art & Musical Festival. This year's festival is set for Aug. 18.

DIXON – Melanie Safka, an original Woodstock artist, will headline the 10th annual Gardenstock Art & Musical Festival on Aug. 18 at Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road.

Safka took to the legendary Woodstock stage at age 22. She will be accompanied by her son, Beau Jarred, for an 8 p.m. performance.

The music lineup:

• 11 a.m.-noon: Justin Hey

• 12:15-1:15 p.m.: NOVA

• 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Acoustic Circus

• 2:45-3:45 p.m.: Flying Fish

• 4-5 p.m.: Shaky Alibi

• 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Monarch

• 6:30-7:45 p.m.: The 78s

• 8-9:30 p.m.: Melanie

• 9:45-11 p.m.: Acoustic Knuckle Ride

The festival, which benefits Sinnissippi Center’s Youth Gardening program, features nine bands from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and an art festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through the program, the kids plant seeds, then water, weed and harvest them, and learn to cook with vegetables. They donate the produce to the Dixon Community Food Pantry.

The art festival showcases more than 40 of the region’s best artists, featuring a variety of unusual art and fine crafts.

Mama Cimino’s, Baker Street Café, Kokomo’s, chef Mark Segura, and Hey Brother’s Ice Cream will sell food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Raffle and 50-50 tickets will be sold and the tie-dye contest will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There is no parking allowed on site. A shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to midnight. Public parking is available in the south end of the Shopko/County Market parking lot and the back parking lot of CGH Dixon Clinic, both near the corner of Galena Avenue and Lowell Park Road. No drop-offs will be allowed at the gate, and carpooling is highly encouraged. Signs will be posted on Lowell Park and Timber Creek roads.

The event is picnic style, which means guests can bring their own cooler, chair or blanket.

Admission is $13 at the gate for adults 13 and older, and $1 for children 12 and younger.

Tents have sold out. Bringing your own tent or large table is not allowed. Close-to-the-ground tables are allowed.

Go to diggersdelight.com or facebook.com/gardenstock for more information.

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