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It’s been 21 years since Stone Soup World Music Festival and Street Faire first took to the roads of Grover Beach. This year the festival promises to be bigger and badder than ever on Aug. 25 and 26.

While soup maybe the blandest of food pyramid staples, this festival is anything but. It is a combination of worldliness, health, shopping, food, running, and fun. Let’s break those things down for a closer look, shall we?

First, there is the 25th annual Dune Run-Run, a 5K/10K walk-run that takes place on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. You can pre-register for this calorie burner by downloading the registration form from grover.org and mailing it to: 154 S. 8th St., Grover Beach, 93433. The Dune Run-Run will begin and end at Ramona Garden Park Center where the festival will be held. It’s a sure-fire way to work off the heart-stopping, good grub you will take down during your visit.

If the kiddos aren’t the running type and you can’t find a sitter that charges less than 18 bucks an hour, bring them down for the rock climbing walls, bounce houses, and inflatable obstacle courses. In fact, just forget the sitter because who doesn’t love a good bounce house?

And while you’re at it, get in on some of the Isabel P. Ruiz Free Health Fair action on Sunday. There will be several non-profit health groups on hand to offer free screenings for glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The health fair is named after humanitarian and physician Isabel P. Ruiz who passed away in 2009. A native of Peru, Dr. Ruiz came to the US in 1973 and built a dedicated and caring relationship with those residents in SLO County with limited access to healthcare.

There’s also going to be food on an international scale as well as beers and wines from near and far.

The musical line up planned for the Stone Soup World Music Festival and Street Faire promises to deliver some perfect dance (or perhaps terrifying depending on your moves) opportunities.

Headlining is San Francisco Afro Beat band SILA on Saturday at 6 p.m., with Mike Hammer and the Nails playing the afternoon show at 3 p.m.

There are over 12 acts set to perform a variety of music from Reggae to Irish Folk tunes.

So, wander the streets and enjoy all of the offerings Stone Soup World Music Festival And Street Faire has to offer and watch out for bigger things on the horizon.

Publicity Chairperson Anna Scott says things are only going to get bigger from here.

“This year is going to be great but we have some big plans for next year,” She explained, “We really want to take things to that next level.”

Stone Soup World Music Festival and Street Faire is held on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Ramona Garden Park Center located at 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. For more information please contact Anna Scott at annascott@charter.net or Judith Bean at Judith@agchamber.com. 

Calendar Editor Maeva Considine compiled this weeks Bites. We want a bite! Send your cuisine related news to bites@newtimesslo.com.

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