Oakdale music lovers spent Saturday afternoon and evening rocking out with Montrose, Eddie Money and other headliners, including plenty of local musicians, at the Sierra View Music Fest. All proceeds from the Oakdale area concert went to the Heidi Brunk Scholarship Fund.
“It was a complete success, we had an incredible event,” said organizer Jim Brunk.
Brunk and several friends organized the Sierra Music Fest after the unexpected, tragic passing of his wife, Heidi Brunk, in 2008. He called this year’s festival a success, with approximately 3,500 people in attendance.
“This is something that evolved from her love of music, and we’re going to keep doing it,” Brunk said.
The Heidi Brunk Foundation gives scholarships to high school seniors all over the Central Valley who plan on studying music in college. Brunk said that this year’s Sierra View Music Fest will help increase the scholarship fund for this year and hopefully years to come.
“The ultimate goal is to pay for someone’s entire education. We still have some work to do,” he said.
This was the third annual Sierra View Music Fest, and organizers lost no time in starting plans for the next one. Brunk joked with volunteers on Sunday that there were only 364 days left to organize the 2012 festival.