‘Ark Magazine’ will sponsor festival to celebrate launch of print edition.

The Campout for the Cause music and yoga festival will move to the Meadows property in Buena Vista, the same location as Vertex, for its ninth annual event. Bonfire Entertainment, founders of WinterWonderGrass have selected the new location for the elements that combine to create the ultimate refreshing weekend – Cottonwood Creek, cottonwood trees, Collegiate Peaks views and more.

The driving force behind Campout for the Cause is “less party, more purpose.” This means attendees have the opportunity to connect to the beautiful surroundings and choose their own experience. Offering yoga classes and workshops on nutrition, sustainability and politics, Campout offers attendees an opportunity to reconnect through music, nature and conversation. With incredible hiking, nearby hot springs and Arkansas River rafting, the opportunities to unplug and unwind are abundant. River Runners rafting company is offering discounted rafting trips for Campout attendees and will provide shuttle service directly from the festival site.

The gathering will have one main musical area featuring Trout Steak Revival, Grant Farm, Bonfire Dub, Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, We Dream Dawn, The Good Time Travelers and Ramona. Additional artists include Mama Magnolia, Pickin’ on the Dead and Alpha King Knight and special guest Andrew McConathy, Bob Masters, Jake Wolf and more. Attendees can expect spontaneous campfire jams throughout the weekend.

The music ends Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., leaving time for the enchanted bonfire circle, located away from the quiet camping area.

“Campout was never about any one band, or person. The goal has always been to create a family of artists and fans who can come together in a comfortable setting to let the true artistic moments happen. We never book talent for one show, one time slot, we book acts that want to play and participate in the entire experience of a gathering. This is our time to give back, and the charity is closer to our heart than ever,” said founder Scotty Stoughton.

Proceeds from Campout for the Cause will go to The Arkansas River Trust and to Emmy’s Friends. Emmy’s Friends is a grassroots fund established for Emery Welle, a one-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer known as embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. The Arkansas River Trust is committed to maximizing the ecological health of the Arkansas River, enhancing and creating open space and parks along the Arkansas River corridor, and promoting youth participation in whitewater paddle sports.

The 400-person capacity is set to protect the important elements of the intimate Campout experience. The festival will provide a community gathering and cooking space around the bonfire where friends are encouraged to share food, share drink and share stories. There will be a quiet family camping area, and kids 13 and under are admitted for free.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. Friday, June 2, and the festival will end at sunset Sunday, June 4. Tickets start at $69 for the weekend and include all music, workshops and yoga classes. Camping costs an additional $20 per vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged. Limited RV parking will also be available for $99 in designated RV camping areas.

For more information on Campout for the Cause and to purchase tickets, visit www.campoutforthecause.org. Also, look for more information about special offers from The Ark Magazine as a Campout sponsor at www.arkmagazine.net.