By popular demand, Ten Mile Tide will return to the 20th annual Stone Soup Music Faire this weekend in Grover Beach, but this year as the Saturday night headliner.

Nine bands are booked for two stages at the festival set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Ramona Garden Park.

Ten Mile Tide will bring its high-energy, danceable songs filled with melody and harmonies to the two-hour dance concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Other groups slated to perform are Mariachi Mexicanisimo, the Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band, Masanga Marimba, Jishin Taiko, the Bald Spots, Soul Sauce, Cuesta Ridge and Grupo Aries.

In addition to a wide range of music, the event will include special performances and activities for children, vendors offering a variety of crafts and items from around the world, a health fair, international foods, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Admission to the festival, sponsored by the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, is free.

As in previous years, the festival will kick off Saturday with the 23rd annual Dune Run-Run, a 5k/10k walk and run. 

Registration will start at 8 a.m. at the Ramona Garden Center in the park at Ramona Avenue and North 10th Street.

For those who haven’t preregistered, the cost is $20, or $31 with a T-shirt, if available.

The run will start at 9 a.m., following a route through city streets, onto the beach, into the dunes and back to the park, where awards will be presented at 10:45 a.m.

For more information on the run, call 473-4580. 

This year, the salsa contest for restaurants and individuals will be held Saturday in the Ramona Garden Park Pavilion. 

Entry forms are required and available from the chamber by calling 489-9091 or emailing info@grover

Sunday’s events will include the Isabel Ruiz Health Faire from noon to 5 p.m. in the Pavilion, where nonprofit health organizations will offer free information and screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels and other health indicators. 

Children may enjoy juggler, acrobat, mime, magician and comedienne Mary Evanoff, who will return with the Merrie Mary Show both days, and local storyteller Kirk Henning, who will spin tales of adventure Sunday afternoon.

New this year is a Youth Expo offering children hands-on fun both days at the Exploration Station adjacent to the park. 

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