The storied Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival has changed its name and its emphasis.
The festival, now in its 23rd year, is an annual event that has drawn thousands of harmonica players and their fans each summer to the tiny village of Yellow Pine, 150 miles north of Boise. Yellow Pine has a year-round population of 35.
But attendance at the festival has dwindled in recent years, so this year the festival is changing course. It has been renamed the Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival, and it won’t have a harmonica contest this time. Instead, the festival will feature musicians playing at several different venues.
“We hope to welcome back many of our excellent harmonica friends in a less competitive and more creative environment that will truly showcase their varied talents,” the festival organizers said on their website, www.yellowpinemusicandharmonicafestival.org. “We are excited about the new format we have envisioned for the festival, and we trust that it will be stimulating to our visitors as well as working better for our village’s bottom line.”
The festival will be held August 3-5 this year.