The brass is back: GABBF picnic tables and Brass Passes up for grabs 

The Great American Brass Band Festival is once again gearing up for a notable and noteworthy musical festival May 31-June 3. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning for the big weekend.
• The Great American Picnic is set for June 2 on Centre College’s campus. As in past years, those who have a competitive spirit can join in on the annual table decorating competition. Tables are $150, and groups will have from 5-6 p.m. that night to set up their decor. The Garden Club of Danville will stroll through the grounds the following hour to judge tables on design.
The 2018 Best in Theme Award will go to whoever catches the “Main Street America” flavor the best. Other awards that will be given are Got Style, The Improve, Great American Spirit, Best in Business and Best in Show.
Go online to the GABBF’s site, to applications/registrations, to reserve a table. For all who reserve, a final picnic packet will be sent out in May with all the details.
• The Great American Brass Passes are now available, giving festival-goers an opportunity to enjoy a VIP experience. Complimentary cold drinks, snacks and air-conditioned seating are just some of the added pluses Brass Pass holders will be privy to. Private restrooms and VIP parking are also on the list.
A single pass is $50, and includes a parking pass, and a hospitality room pass for Saturday and Sunday. The Brass Pass for two is $90, and includes the parking pass with two room passes.
• Kids’ activities are returning, including the Creation Station on Saturday and Sunday. It will offer fun activities, including crafts for kids of all ages — like face painting, a photo booth, an instrument petting zoo, mask making and more.
Although the adult art festival won’t be returning this year, the Kids Art Festival will be back on board. Come see what area children are up to in their creations. Artwork will be for sale as well.
For more information, to reserve a table or a Brass Pass, visit gabbf.org or call the festival office at (859) 319-8426.