A concert and community barbeque are set at the Mason County Fairgrounds on June 16th to kick off Sawdust Days and raise awareness about the future of the facility. This week, the Port of Shelton Commission released a draft plan for the community to have a say in the future of the Fairgrounds at its current location or possibly moving its buildings to another area around Sanderson Field. The plan is available on the Port’s website and the Port Commissioners are accepting public comments on what the community would like to see given the options and the challenges spelled out in the plan. Community members and stakeholders have until July 31st to submit their comments. There are a series of events at the Fairgrounds this summer leading up to the Mason Area Fair and Rodeo. These events provide opportunities for citizens to gather more information on the Fairgrounds which is now open for general public use for anything from camping and family gatherings to all inclusive public events like Oysterfest. The Fairgrounds’ current management is striving to raise awareness of the facilities possible uses, attract more annual events and ultimately establish a viable financial future than can justify the formation of a local foundation to steward its operations. The goal is that this facility will eventually be maintained by community members and be able to generate funds that can be used for upkeep, improvement and much needed social enrichment programs in Mason County. Sawdust Days at the Fairgrounds kicks off June 16 with community members invited to join Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox all day to prepare the Olympic Hall for United Way’s Day of Caring. From 5 PM until 8 PM, everyone is invited to take part in a community celebration barbeque followed by a live performance on the Main stage by the Chrome Betty Band. The Chrome Betty Band covers rock and blues classics with a few original tunes. Tickets for dinner are $10, concert tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. The campground and RV sites will be open as well. These will be available at an event rate of $15 dry camping and $25 for power and water hook ups. For more information on this event and all activities, call (360) 427-5599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.