Rock the Junction beer festival raises money for scholarships


The fourth annual Rock the Junction craft beer and music festival will return to Union Street from 1 to 5 p.m. May 11.

Union Street from Main Street to Jersey Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the event.

Proceeds will support scholarships for two Westfield High School students in conjunction with the Westfield Education Foundation. Grand Junction Brewing Co. plays host to the festival.

GJBC owner Jon Knight said the scholarships apply to degree programs like occupational, two-year degrees or non-traditional pursuits.

“We do that because we feel like that’s a very underserved area when it comes to scholarship money,” Knight said. “The students that are the top 50 in their class with an extremely high GPA are going for four-year degree programs and often get scholarship money. Students looking at a two-year program and who might want to become a brewer, there’s not typically scholarship money available for those kind of pursuits.”

The scholarships range from $4,000 to $6,000.

The festival will feature more than 20 beer, wine and cider companies providing unlimited beer and wine samples. Live music throughout the event will be performed by Craig Thurston, the Coldhearts and Chasing Katie. Food trucks will be on-site for food purchases.

VIP tickets are $45. General admission tickets are $35.

“We want to give back to a community that supports us,” Knight said. “We think it’s important to be good stewards within our community, and to provide the support we can give back to the community as a way of thanking them for all the support over the years.”

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