AppleJam returns to Yakima for Fourth of July

Yakima AppleJam is back on Fourth of July

YAKIMA, Wash. — If you’re dreaming of summer time fun and warmer weather, you’re not alone.

Musicians are preparing for the Fourth of July Celebration, AppleJam. Artists from the region will turn out for a day packed with music, fun and fireworks as they compete for over $1,500 and prices along with spots performing at this year’s Central Washington State Fair.

The is AppleJam’s fifth year, with last year’s celebration considered a ‘best of’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, April 25th, musicians can upload a demo video for free here, to compete in either the solo or band contest. The deadline is May 25th.

On that day, the entries will be made available online for public voting. The performers who get the most votes will win the slots in the Yakima AppleJam Battle of the Bands lineup.

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“The first part of the selection process will depend on bands motivating their friends, family, and fans to get out and vote,” said organizer Paul Crawford, Marketing Manager of Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, sponsor of this year’s 4th of July Festival.

The recipients of the most votes in the fist round will be invited to perform live at Yakima’s 4th of July Celebration at State Fair Park. There, they will try to wow a panel of judges in hopes of winning the top prize: $500 for the best band performance, $500 for the best solo performance, and an additional $500 for the best overall performance.

Officials said the contests are open to all ages and music genres, and there are no entry fees.

“We have a lot of talent here in the Yakima Valley,” said Crawford, “AppleJam celebrates these amazing artists with a fun family-friendly concert in front of a great big crowd.”

AppleJam is a free event and is produced by Yakima Federal Savings Loan and State Fair Park.

This year’s 4th of July Celebration is scheduled from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, at State Fair Park, 1301 South Fair Avenue, Yakima.