EPHRATA, WA. This coming weekend, the community of Ephrata, led by the Ephrata Chamber of
Commerce, opens the tenth annual Basin Summer Sounds; a two-day free music festival in downtown
Ephrata featuring bands, beer and wine tasting, kids activities, the Car & Cycle Show, 3-on-3 basketball,
and the Farmers Market.
The headline band Friday night is Steve Holy, and the Saturday finale is Cherry Poppin’ Daddies; but bands
will be playing throughout both days in the downtown area. The music begins at 5:00pm Friday 19 July
2013 at the Courthouse Stage. Saturday the 20th will see the festival open at 8:00am and music at
11:30am on the Courthouse lawn. Basin Street will be closed from 8:00-5:00pm on Saturday to host the
Car & Cycle Show (8:00am-3:00pm) and many kid’s activities from Noon-4:00pm.
As with every year, the festival will impact local traffic both Friday and Saturday. Maps of the DOTapproved
road closures will be printed in Thursday’s Grant County Journal and are available from the
City’s website and Facebook page. A truck detour route is in effect from Friday morning through the end
of the festival Saturday night. Copies of the detour map are attached, on the City’s website, and are
available from the Odessa Union Warehouse office in Ephrata.
Due to the high volume of traffic being detoured from Basin Street on Saturday afternoon, local residents
are urged to avoid driving downtown, walk in, and enjoy the festival.
This year’s festival does coincide with one street construction project. Drivers will need to follow the
marked detour routes and not cross into closed areas. Violating the detour routes will only lead to
frustration and added delays.
A robust security and customer service presence will be on-site all weekend for the festival. Members of
the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Ephrata Police Department, and other specialized response-resources
will look after surveillance and law-enforcement concerns. American Medical Response and Ephrata Fire
Department, with other agencies under mutual aid, will attend to medical and emergency needs. Special
provisions are also on-site for the swift evaluation and processing of any disorderly and/or intoxicated
guests. Ephrata Public Works personnel will be providing traffic, parking guidance, and neighborhood
watch functions. Experienced private security personnel, combined with local volunteers, will assist guests
with customer service. Only service animals will be allowed into the beer/wine garden, and exotic pets
have been likewise banned from the entire festival area. Our goal in utilizing so many security resources is
to maintain a safe, family-friendly atmosphere throughout the festival weekend.
Come and enjoy our community, with over 21-hours of free music, at the 2013 Basin Summer Sounds.