Washington County Parks hosts free tunes, prime picnic opportunities for the whole family.

PMG PHOTO - Live at Hagg Lake is the first event of its kind, allowing Scoggins Valley Park visitors to stop in for the evening and enjoy free music, food and fun. A lake view at sunset and free live music — the perfect setting for date night, family fun or a night out with friends.

Live at Hagg Lake will be providing all the fixings for a memorable summer night on Saturday, July 6. Visitors can enjoy live music from Canadian Eagles tribute band Eagle Eyes from 7-9 p.m. while snacking on local vendors' offerings.

"This is the first event Washington County Parks has actually held at Hagg Lake," said Daniel Kittelson, Recreation Program Specialist. "So we're really excited to put this together for everyone — it should be a lot of fun for the whole family."

This event is free to the public with the purchase of a $7 parking pass per vehicle. "Visitors could carpool with seven people in their van and the event would still be completely free beyond that $7 parking pass," Kittelson said.

If you go

What: Live at Hagg Lake

When: Saturday, July 6, from 7-9 p.m.

Where: C-Ramp Recreation Area at Scoggins Valley Park, 50250 S.W. Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston

Cost: Free with the purchase of a $7 parking pass per vehicle

Vendors — including Plum Hill Vineyards, Sak√©One, Ridgewalker Brewing and Robinson Family Lake House — will begin serving drinks and grub at 6 p.m., so there's time to get settled in before the show. Adults can indulge in a nice glass of wine or a fresh brew, while kids can purchase snacks and candy.

Visitors may want to arrive a bit early to ensure a parking spot at the C-Ramp Recreation Area, although there will be a free shuttle service from other nearby parking lots. No additional fee will be charged to riders who previously purchased their parking pass.

"We'll have four shuttle vans driving from lot to lot to pick up people for the event," Kittelson said. "The vans will be running throughout and after the event as well, so people can get to their desired location without trouble."

The venue is general admission, so those looking to stick around or enjoy a picnic should pack along their lawn chairs and blankets for a comfortable stay. The parks department does urge visitors to leave their tents and canopies at home, though, to ensure everyone receives the best stage view as possible.

Following a mix-up earlier this year with the company Interactive Flick advertising a "Jaws" screening at Hagg Lake, Kittelson says Washington County Parks is still working on showing a film at the lake in the near future. The past film choice and general event were never approved, and plans never came to fruition.

"Even though it didn't work out previously, we're still very interested in bringing a screening to the lake in some way," Kittelson said. "Maybe next year, maybe even this year — it just takes a bit of time to put something like that together."

By Shelby Cokeley
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