VACAVILLE — It’s time to put on the dancing shoes for the third annual Country and Western Festival in downtown Vacaville. The nice weather will make for a great time to get out and have some fun Saturday at the Town Square.
A crowd of about 200 people were on hand Friday night for the opening act, Whiskey and Honey. The opening night festivities almost didn’t happen.
“Our original band couldn’t make it but Whiskey and Honey were here for us,” said Bob Vollmer, executive director of the Downtown Vacaville Improvement District. “I asked, and they said ‘yes’ to helping us out. We are very thankful.”
The downtown district started the Country and Western Festival about three years ago, he said.
“There was a band and we all just had some fun,” Vollmer said. “It was received wonderfully.”
“Every year it has just got better and better,” he said.
Vollmer said he is impressed with the number of followers the bands who are playing this weekend have. He noted in particular the Terry Sheets Band, which will be the last act to play Saturday.
“Some of them are local groups but already have a huge fan base,” he said.
The entertainment continues at 10 a.m. Saturday with The Beer Brothers; at 11 a.m. with Denis Colleret; at noon with Joni Morris paying tribute to Patsy Cline; at 2 p.m. with Rachael Steele & Road 88; and 4 p.m. with Taryn Cross before the closing act at 6 p.m.
Several vendors will be on hand, selling a variety of goods with a western theme. The list includes OK Corral Western and Work Wear Store, Tweed Hut Music Store, Down N Dirty Hats, Vacaville Stave Company, Myka Jewelry and Origami Owl, to name a few.
Local businesses are hosting the activities.
“We get a little help from the city, but for the most part it is the business downtown that help put this on,” Vollmer said. “It’s pretty dead financially from November until about April but this isn’t about money, it’s about coming out on a Saturday night and having a good time with friends and neighbors.”
The festival is really the jumping off point for the summer activities to follow in the coming weeks.
“Vacaville is going to have a lot of bands this summer,” Vollmer said. “We want to have a performance every Friday night. July is going to be big. We have fireworks and a lot of great talent.”
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