New Covid-19 Updates

For Immediate Release:

The Fresh Hop Group announced new Covid 19 updates today:

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 Cases in Yakima County, the Fresh Hop Group will be implementing additional Covid-safety protocols at the 2021 Fresh Hop Ale Festival Saturday, October 2nd for all attendees, volunteers, and vendors.

The Fresh Hop Group will follow the same measures implemented by Washington’s pro and college sports teams (Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars) that were announced on September 7.  The new measures are based on recommendations by the Yakima Health District YHD-Event-Guidance-8-25-21 ( and the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH) Proclamation 20-25.

All festival attendees, vendors, volunteers and contractors must present ONE of the following to gain admission to the festival grounds:

  • Negative Covid-19 Test within 72 hours of the festival (at home test not accepted)


  • Proof of full vaccination, which is defined as two weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Modera vaccines, or two weeks following the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In addition, all festival attendees, vendors, volunteers and contractors must:

  • Sign a Covid-19 Liability WaiverFill out this form prior to entering the festival gates stating that you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Wear a Mask.  Masks are required at all outdoor events attended by 500 people or more.  Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required at all times except when physical distancing from others outside of one’s household is practiced or while in the act of eating or drinking.

Anyone who is not able to meet the above requirements may request a refund or can use your 2021 festival ticket in 2022.  Please send your request to Refunds will be issued in a timely manner, and may take up to 72 hours to reach your bank account.

“The health and safety of our festival attendees, volunteers and vendors is always our top priority and we remain committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe.” said Karl Vanevenhoven, Board President, Fresh Hop Group. “These measures will allow us to continue with this year’s festival, while still providing a safe and fun experience.”

To further reduce risk for those attending the festival, the Fresh Hop Group will NOT be selling tickets at the door. All Tickets must be purchased prior to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd. Anyone wanting to purchase tickets at the gate will be turned away. 

We are also implementing a schedule of cleaning throughout the evening in addition to increasing hand washing stations.  

If any new mandates are implemented by the State of Washington, we will follow them. Please follow us on social media for up-to-date information as we get closer to the festival. 

Fresh Hop Golf tournament participants and volunteers are also required to sign a Covid-19 Liability Waiver stating that they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 the day of the tournament.

Yakima County COVID Testing Sites can be found at:

Yakima County COVID Vaccination Resources can be found at:

COVID Protocol

The Fresh Hop Group recognizes that it has been a long time since we have all been together and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon. During these uncertain times, we want to ensure that we are providing you with a fun and safe event while also complying with all COVID safety measures as required by the State of Washington. We have, therefore, developed protocols that we expect all of our attendees to follow for the benefit of all attendees, our volunteers and vendors. We strongly encourage all attendees to consider getting vaccinated. It is the single best way each of us can protect ourselves and the other participants at the Fresh Hop Ale Festival and the broader community.

The COVID protocols for the October 2, 2021 Fresh Hop Ale Festival are as follows:

  1. Compliance
    All attendees must comply with these guidelines. The Fresh Hop Group reserves the right to refuse admittance or remove attendees from the Fresh Hop Ale Festival grounds for non-compliance.
  2. Masking Requirements
    All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear masks while outdoors unless eating or drinking.  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks while indoors, unless eating or drinking.
  3. Health Attestation
    All attendees will complete a health attestation/waiver form at the point of entry on the day of the Fresh Hop Ale Festival stating that you do not have any active symptoms of Covid-19.
  4. Changes to Policy
    The Fresh Hop Group will be monitoring Washington State COVID requirements on an ongoing basis through the day of the event. This policy is subject to change as Washington State COVID requirements evolve and change. Changes to these protocols will be emailed to attendees and posted on site the day of the event. Please be flexible in accepting any changes so we can all enjoy a safe and fun event.  

RV Parking at SOZO Sports

SOZO Sports Complex is offering RV sites for our festival!

They have 75 spots for RV’s only. They are dry spots, but portable water is available on-site. You can arrive on Friday or Saturday morning from 8 – 10AM.

The $150 fee is for both nights, but you can stay just one night; the price remains the same. No tents, open flames, parties or outside visitors will be allowed in the camping area. All questions and communications about the camping spots will be handled by SOZO Sports Complex, not the Fresh Hop Group.

The Fresh Hop Group Announces Move in 2021

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival will be moving to the SOZO Sports Complex located at 2200 S. 36th Ave, Yakima WA 98903

With the current phase system in place and the requirements of spacing for festivals/fairs, the Fresh Hop Group made the decision to move the festival to better accommodate guests, volunteers and staff.

Given the current guidelines for festivals, we felt that the responsible choice would be to move to a space that will allow us to actually hold the festival this year. It’s important that we start planning as if we will still be in Phase 3 and we could only do that with the square footage that SOZO has. Of course, we hope that restrictions will lift before the festival, but can’t guarantee a full opening for our kind of event.

Megan Nobbs, Festival Chair

The park-like setting that SOZO Sports Complex offers is ideal for the comfort of attendees and will guarantee that all of the necessary health requirements will be met for festivals at this time. Additional bathrooms, hand-washing stations and a larger festival area will be key to a keeping everyone healthy while they still have a fantastic time.

We will have over 60 beer vendors, wineries and cideries as well as live music and great food just like we always do. With a larger grass field, we will have ample room for people to bring blankets and chairs to relax and enjoy the experience. We will also have a series of shuttles that will run from local hotels and central points across the city to make it easy to get back and forth the day of the event. If you prefer to drive yourself, SOZO has over 2,000 parking spaces on site! It will be $5 to park your vehicle, but as SOZO is another local non-profit, the money will be put to good use!

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 8th at 8AM.
VIP ($95) and General Admission ($50) will both be available to purchase at that time.

A call for volunteers will be posted via social media and our website in early July.

Contact Information for Press Use Only
Megan Nobbs
Festival Chair