One of the non-musical highlights of the annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival – the Giant Beer Pong Tournament – returns to Des Moines Beach Park this Saturday, Aug. 25 as part of one of the region’s premier blues music events.

The colorful tourney features a larger-than-life Beer Pong game offering beer-themed prizes in keeping with the festival’s intent – to showcase more than a dozen regional craft breweries and four of the Northwest’s top blues bands.

“We launched the tournament last year and were blown away by its popularity,” event director Scott Deschenes said. “We think the competition will go non-stop from noon to night with everybody joining the competition between brews and blues.”

Deschenes added:

“It was such a hit that we added a FREE ‘pre-pong’ competition which will take place this Thursday night, Aug. 23 at the Normandy Park Ale House from 8 to 10 p.m.”

More details on this great fundraiser event:

  • More than a dozen craft breweries and cideries will provide the refreshments to enhance the enjoyment of four of the region’s top blues artists.
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older.
  • Tickets are $35 in advance and include tasting tokens and a tasting glass.
  • According to the fest’s musical director Steve Swank, the featured bands are fan favorites throughout the northwest blues community. They include the CD Woodbury Trio; the Rae Gordon Band; the Randy Oxford All-Stars; and the Eric Rice Band.
  • Adding to the event’s appeal will be food trucks and a raffle for Alaska Airlines tickets.
  • Now in its ninth year, the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival is produced by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park as a fundraiser for Music4Life and a number of local charities.

Tickets and information are available on the event website:

Here are some photos recently smuggled out of a top secret Beer Pong testing facility:

Here’s the back of the flier with the rules:

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