ASHLAND — Ashland's only craft beer festival celebrates five years of serving the best of craft beer on the streets of downtown Ashland this summer.

Ashland in Motion's fifth annual Firkin Fest is set for 1-6 p. m. Saturday, June 15 in downtown Ashland. The craft beer festival features more than 100 craft beers, live music, local food and regional retailers.

Ticket sales began at 9 a.m. Monday, May 13. Tickets may be purchased online at BeerFests.com (https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/firkin-fest/pre-sale) or at the following local retailers: Ashland Beverage Centre; Carter Avenue Beverage; Good Spirits; and Shamrock Liquors.

General admission presale tickets are $25; day of event cost is $30. VIP admission presale tickets are $50; day of event cost is $55. VIP tickets may be purchased online only.

General admission ticket includes ten (10) craft beer tasting tickets and official Firkin Fest mini mug.

VIP ticket includes ten (10) craft beer tasting tickets and official Firkin Fest mini mug, an early bird admission beginning at 1 p.m., VIP limited edition t-shirt; access to exclusive VIP tent and amenities, VIP only parking and access to rare and limited-edition craft beers and firkins.

The Fest features firkins and kegs brewed exclusively for the event by several regional breweries as well as an offering of limited VIP craft beers. The full beer list will be released later in May.

Firkin Fest tasting tickets are equivalent to 3 ounces of craft beer. Guests may purchase an additional three (3) craft beer tasting tickets for $10 the day of the event. Only 1,000 general admission tickets and 500 VIP tickets are available.

Admission to Firkin Fest is free to designated drivers and guests who wish not to sample craft beer. Guests interested in craft beer tasting must be 21 or older and must purchase an event ticket.

Live music will be performed by Creek Don't Rise, Chocolate 4-Wheeler, The Handshake Deals, Driftwood Gypsy and Charlie Brown Superstar.

For the third consecutive year, Firkin Fest coordinators will randomly select a local non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation directly given from festival proceeds. Firkin Fest volunteers may nominate one local, charitable organization of their choice. The non-profit recipient will be drawn and announced at the close of the festival on June 15.

Volunteers are asked to pledge three hours of time on Saturday, June 15. Volunteer time frames are noon to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Duties may include event setup, tear-down and pouring beer. Volunteers will receive a "volunbeer" t-shirt created uniquely for Firkin Fest volunteers. A discounted ticket price of $10 is also available to Firkin Fest volunteers only.

Individuals and non-profit organizations interested in volunteering may contact Ashland in Motion at ashlandinmotion@gmail.com/.

Event proceeds will benefit non-profit organization Ashland in Motion and sponsor future events and community initiatives.

To purchase tickets for the fifth annual Firkin Fest, visit https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/firkin-fest/pre-sale/. To stay up-to-date on Firkin Fest news, like and follow @Ashland Firkin Fest on Facebook.

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