BARSTOW — The annual Mid Summer Arts Festival continues to grow and has become a big hit in the community, according to Desert Discovery Center Director Jane Laraman-Brockhurst.

The fourth annual event is set for Saturday at the Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, and Laraman-Brockhurst is excited to provide the community with a free family event in the midst of summer. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Saturday will be a day of enrichment and a day of celebration," she said.

Steve Smith will be giving a Main Street mural tour on a bus at 11:30 a.m., Laraman-Brockhurst said.

The festival includes a Route 66 Art Show, various demonstrations and four musical performances. Laraman-Brockhurst describes the event as a celebration of the wonders of the Mojave Desert and of Barstow's growing arts community.

The participating organizations include the Bureau of Land Management, Route 66 Association, Painters Palette, National Park Service, Studio M Dance, Robotix Snack Shack, Casa de Yermo Soap, Childs Play Productions, the Optimist Club and the Master Composter Group.

The day will feature musical performances from the center's string jam band Highview at 10:30 a.m., the center's resident band Desert Wild at 11:45 a.m., and a performance from singer-songwriter Vee at 12:45 p.m. Joe Cruz will perform with his saxophone at 1:30 p.m.

Laraman-Brockhurst said there also will be a workshop that teaches people how to play spoons.

The event closes with the Route 66 Art Show competition, where prizes will be given to the best entrants in the adult and junior artists divisions, beginning at 2 p.m. Art categories include painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.

She said it’s a nice opportunity for students who are enjoying a break from school to visit, hang out and have a taste of just about everything for a day.

"This event is to share information with the public of all the activities that go on at the Desert Discovery Center," Laraman-Brockhurst said. "We want people to come take advantage of our programs, sign up for our workshops, youth programs, field trips and everything else we offer."

For more information, call 760-252-6060 or visit desertdiscoverycenter.com.