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The Local Motive entertains the crowd during the 10th annual Jammin' at Jed. Although attendance was low this year, the festival drew many children and a large number of volunteers, organizer Chris McCollum said. (David C. Cooper).
The Local Motive entertains the crowd during the 10th annual Jammin' at Jed. Although attendance was low this year, the festival drew many children and a large number of volunteers, organizer Chris McCollum said. (David C. Cooper).

By Bernadette McCune

Triplicate staff writer

Families came to the redwoods to enjoy warm weather, live music and children's activities for the 10th annual Jammin' at Jed held last Saturday in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

While parents relaxed and danced to eclectic mixtures of bluegrass and jazz from musicians Mike Selfridge, the Delta Nationals and The Local Motive, their children made hats, jewelry and mural paintings to take home.

"We had good bands and the weather was great," said Del Norte Child Care Council Executive Director Chris McCollum.

"Financially, it definitely raised more money than the previous year, with more T-shirt sales, but the attendance somehow looked a little bit lower." She estimates that about 500 people attended this year's event, whereas 800 people were quoted last year, however, the number of volunteers has nearly doubled.

"There weren't as many adults as we anticipated, I think," said McCollum. "But there was a wonderful abundance of children, and that's what it's all about – the children. It was so nice to see the activity tables in the redwood groves and all the kids running around with their faces painted. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. All in all, it was a great year."

Council workers and volunteers devoted their time from sunup to sundown, preparing tables and supplies, but their work didn't stop there. Immediately after the festival, they began pooling together, searching for feedback from participants and volunteers on the overall mood of the event and how they can improve next year.

The Child Care Council welcomes any feedback and encourages festgoers of the general public to make suggestions and comments to the Council's office at 212 K St. in Crescent City. Information will be taken as anonymous tips.

Jammin' at Jed is sponsored by the Child Care Council where proceeds of the festival benefit the council's home and center-based child care, nutrition, after-school and public-education programs, such as the Holiday Open House, buying supplies for May Day Play Day and paying for costs that are not covered by state or federal contracts.

McCollum estimates it will take a week to tabulate the total revenue generated by the concert, as many tickets venues were from out of town.

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