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Debra and Sid Holter, of San Pablo, dance while Taryn Cross performs at the Country and Western Festival in downtown Vacaville, Saturday. (Adrienne Harris/Daily Republic)


Country fest a hit in Vacaville

By From page A10 | April 13, 2014

VACAVILLE — They came for country.

Cowboy boots and belt buckles were in fashion on the Town Square Saturday as the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District hosted its annual Country & Western Festival. From The Beer Brothers to the Terry Sheets Band, there were a number of musical acts to entertain the crowd as well as a collection of Western-themed vendors.

Country music fans Sid and Debra Holter traveled from San Pablo for the music.

“We can’t find it up by the Bay Area,” Debra Holter said.

The couple met more than 20 years ago at Vallejo’s old Josey Wales Lounge, which used to offer dance lessons before it shut down.

“How many couples do you know that met in a bar and stayed married for 18 years?” said Sid Holter.

The Holters did not shy away from the dance floor as local singer Taryn Cross performed her set of covers and original music. Other scheduled performers were Denis Colleret, Rachael Steele & Road 88 and a Patsy Cline tribute by Joni Morris.

“We love Terry Sheets,” Debra Holter said of the band scheduled to close the festival. She said she’s always been a fan of country music.

“The words make more sense, and it’s easy to dance to,” she said. “Sometimes it hits home.”

Sid Holter, a longtime competitive dancer, compared country music to another genre.

“Early rock ‘n’ roll, comparing it to country western now, the rhythm section . . . the beat is all the same,” he said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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