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PINETOP — What better way to celebrate summer than out in the open air among the pines with good music.

If that is your cup of summer cheer, then the White Mountain Beer and Music Festival at the country club in Pinetop tomorrow is just the right ticket.

The festival is an annual event that features beer tasting, a “biergarten,” live music, and lots of adult fun.

It takes place from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at plac&s in the Pinetop Lakes Activity Center and Stable at 5475 Buck Springs Rd. The activity center is part of Pinetop Lakes Association. (Pinetop Country Club refers to the golf course only.)

Cyndie Shaffstall, Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board said that, because it is an open air festival in a relatively large field area, they will allow small awnings and pop-ups at the event. Because it is an adult (must be 21 or older) event with beer, no children or pets are allowed.

Shaffstall said beer tasting (featuring a dozen different beers) takes place from 2-6 p.m. with a cost of $30 per person.

That $30 ticket also includes access to all of the live music.

But if someone just wants to hear the live music and skip the beer tasting, the cost is only $10 per person.

And remember, there is a biergarten from noon-8 p.m., so even if one does not want to participate in beer tasting per se, they can still get a beer at the beer garden.

Shaffstall said four bands will play live music starting with Michael Goodrick at noon, then No Way Out, followed by an extended performance by Caiden Brewer and Band (who played at Country Thunder), and finally local musician Ryan David Orr to finish out the night’s musical offerings.

Tickets are available at the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, by calling the chamber at 928-367-4290, or online at the chamber website. Shaffstall said tickets have been selling much faster than years past.

The Chamber is located at 518 W. White Mountain Blvd. In Lakeside, and their website is www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com.

She advises anyone who has not gotten their tickets yet to do so right away making note that the capacity for the event is 800.

She said parking is ample and will be marked so people will know where to park.

Reach the reporter at mleiby@wmicentral.com

Mike Leiby covers police, courts, and the towns of Snowflake and Taylor.

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