Horning's Hideout to present 17th annual String Summit July 19 through July 22 near North Plains.

COURTESY PHOTO - The NW String Summit returns to Hornings Hideout this month.The Northwest's annual celebration of Americana and bluegrass music returns to Horning's Fishing and Picnic Hideout in North Plains for its 17th year later this month.

Hosted by Yonder Mountain String Band, the annual Northwest String Summit returns to the North Plains for four days and nights of pickin' and singin', hootin' and hollerin' in the woods from July 19 through July 22.

More than 30 bands will perform at this star-studded event. In addition to Yonder Mountain String Band, this year's show includes three nights of performances by Greensky Bluegrass as well as Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Mandolin Orange and Leftoer Salmon and dozens of other groups.

Horning's Hideout, located at 21277 N.W. Brunswick Canyon Road in North Plains, is a private park where they hold almost any type of outdoor event, from weddings to disc golf, family picnics, trout fishing, camping, jamborees and concerts.

Horning's Fishing and Picnic Hideout got its start when Richard and Jane Horning bought part of the property in 1958 and started raising a family on it in 1960. In the 1960s and 1970s it was a cattle ranch, and by 1972 the family had built the site's man-made lake. Richard and Jane dreamed of retiring there and making it a private park, and started working on the property with their son, Bob, in 1981.

Horning's Hideout opened in 1983 for trout fishing and horseback riding, though the horseback riding ended in 1989. In 1986 Bob finished building a saw mill and the family started building the park.

Richard Horning, a Korean War veteran who was exposed to radiation during atomic bomb tests in the 1950s, died in 1985 of radiation-caused leukemia.

In 1986, the Hornings started holding weddings and company picnics on the property, brought in camping in 1988 and in 1992 began hosting concerts at the site after some friends asked if they could play some music there.

Through the years, Hornings Hideout has hosted many concert events, launching the Northwest String Summit in 2002.

Tickets and parking information is available at

For more information, call 503-647-2920.

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