Big Sur Jade Festival will go on despite campground closure

ktanner@thetribunenews.comOctober 8, 2013 

The 22nd Annual Big Sur Jade Festival, which had been on hold due to the partial federal shutdown, is back on for this Friday through Sunday, according to organizers.

The free festival, which features jade and other lapidary arts by artists from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, is a benefit for the South Coast Community Land Trust and Pacific Valley School Parent Teacher Organization. Also offered at the festival are vendor art, fine food and three days of live entertainment.

Part of the shutdown concern had been the closure of federal campgrounds, where many festival participants have stayed during past events. As of last Friday, all national forest campgrounds managed by Parks Management Company were closed until further notice. Those facilities include campgrounds and/or day-use areas at Plaskett Creek, Kirk Creek, Sand Dollar Beach, Ponderosa, Nacimiento, Bottchers Gap, Pfeiffer Beach and Cerro Alto.

No camping is provided on site for patrons. The festival is held 40 miles north of Cambria, across Highway 1 from Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.

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