Almost 2,000 people showed up at Love Field in Point Reyes Station Saturday for the sixth annual Far West Fest. The crowd enjoyed the sunny weather by picnicking on the ball diamond and listening to numerous musical groups. Fare for sale ranged from Creole to East Indian.

The festival netted more than $30,000 for KWMR, community radio in West Marin, as well as for maintenance of Love Field and programs for young people in Point Reyes Station, Bolinas, and the San Geronimo Valley. Overseeing the radio station’s booth are Bobbi Simpson (left) and Nancy Vayhivger.

Dancing to rhythm and blues performed by Crystal Monee Hall and members of the Jazz Mafia band.

Throughout the afternoon musicians played on three stages, often simultaneously, which was a challenge for the less-amplified performers.

A booth selling spin hoops, what we used to call “hula hoops,” attracted a surprising amount of attention.

Adding to the carnival atmosphere, StuArt of Bolinas foretold fortunes with spins of his “Wheel of Life.”

Here StuArt (right) discusses the Mayan calendar with another festival goer.

Announcements promoting the Far West Fest promised free beer or a cookie for those who rode bicycles or “pubic” transportation to get there, but most festival goers walked or took cars.




The Far West Fest was definitely a colorful celebration, drawing vendors who sold clothing, jewelry, crafts, massages, art, herb seeds, and more.

As people crossed Papermill Creek en route to the Far West Fest, they could look downstream from the Green Bridge to where a couple were enjoying a less-than-quiet walk by themselves. Just across the creek from them, festival bands were making themselves heard for miles.