Seattle hempfest 2011
4:59 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

20th Hempfest draws crowd to Seattle park

 The 20th Seattle Hempfest opened at noon Friday in a park on the Seattle waterfront.

(Photo gallery from Friday afternoon inside.)

(See the photos on Flickr, if your mobile device doesn't support Flash.)

Myrtle Edwards Park buzzed with a crowd drawn to a collection of speakers, vendors and bands at the "cannabis policy reform event." It's a political rally, concert and arts and crafts fair all rolled up into one.

Supporters hope it will grow the budding movement to decriminalize marijuana and endorse the benefits of the drug and hemp products.

Hempfest runs through Sunday.