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By Rebecca Gourley

Bluegrass Festival a broader event this year


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BLUEGRASS SURPRISES: You never know quite what to expect at Fiddlin’ Under the Stars. Last year, for example, there was the bluegrass band pictured here with the men all wearing ties.

This year’s Fiddlin’ Under The Stars Bluegrass Art, Wine and Music Festival will not be your ordinary, bring-out-the-fiddle bluegrass event this weekend. The event is this Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.

Goldendale Chamber of Commerce Vice President Gina McCabe and Julie Vance gave a presentation at the Chamber Forum Luncheon last week to get the word out about the event.

Along with the bluegrass music, there will be host of other events including a skateboard demonstration and competition, a BBQ cook-off competition, a 3K and 5K walk/run fundraiser, a silent auction, dance performances, kids activities, wine and microbrew garden, and of course the vendors. There will be six food vendors, along with an abundance of art and craft vendors, says McCabe.

This year’s bands will be (in order of appearance), Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, Hardshell Harmony, Sonic Light Brigade, Fiddlegrass, Sequoia, and Gone Fiddlin’ Again.

The Farmers’ Market will be at its regularly scheduled time, with perhaps an extension. “They will probably stay open later hours,” said McCabe. In addition, passes are available to the regular market-goers so that they do not have to pay the $5 admission fee to the festival to get to the Farmers’ Market. “So if you’re a regular at [Farmers’] Market, you might want to talk to your vendor that you go to and get a free pass to Bluegrass,” McCabe added.

Entry forms for all of the events and vendor spaces are available at the Goldendale Chamber office, located on East Broadway Street.

“We’re still looking for volunteers,” said McCabe. To sign up to volunteer or for more information, call the Chamber at 773-3400.

Schedule of Events 2012

Friday June 15, 2012

2:00-2:45 p.m. Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

3:00-3:45 p.m. Hardshell Harmony

4:00-4:45 p.m. Bluegrass music workshop

5:00-5:45 p.m. Sonic Light Brigade

6:00-6:45 p.m. Sonic Light Brigade

7:00-7:45 p.m. Fiddlegrass

8:00-8:45 p.m. Sequoia

9:00-10:00 p.m. Bluegrass open jam Session

Saturday June 16, 2012

8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration 3K, 5K walk/run

9:00-9:45 a.m. Bluegrass 3K, 5K walk/run

10:00 a.m. Band Scramble - assemble

10:30 a.m. Bands Practice

11:00-12:00 p.m. Band Scramble Performance

12:00-12:30 p.m. Skateboarder Register and Practice

1:00 p.m. Skateboard Demo and Competition

2:00-2:45 p.m. Fiddlegrass

3:00-3:45 p.m. Hardshell Harmony

4:00-4:45 p.m. Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

5:00-5:45 p.m. Gone Fiddlin' Again

6:00-6:45 p.m. Sonic Light Brigade

6:00-7:00 p.m. BBQ cook-off competition

7:00-7:45 p.m. Sequoia Fiddle Band

8:00-8:45 p.m. Gone Fiddlin' Again

9:00-10:00 p.m. Bluegrass open jam session


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