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Country fans flock to Cape Blanco music festival


Country music fans from across the Pacific Northwest descended on the Sixes River area as the Cape Blanco Music Festival kicked off Friday.

Organizers expect more than 15,000 fans throughout the weekend.

“For a first year festival it’s going very well so far, from what I’ve seen,” said co-property owner Nick Puhl. “I think it’s very well run and will be quite successful.”

RV and tent campers started arriving Thursday to claim their campsites. Music started Friday with acts playing the second Sunrise stage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bigger acts took played on the main stage starting at 3 p.m., with the headliners starting at 9 p.m.   

On Friday, festivalgoers were treated to live music from some of the top talent country music has to offer, Headliner Brad Paisley took the stage around 9 p.m. Friday.

Headliners Eric Church will perform Saturday night and Dierks Bentley on Sunday evening. Artists such as Justin Moore, Pam Tillis, Amy Clawson and Chris Young will also perform this weekend. (A full schedule can be found at capeblancofestival.com.)

“I’ve seen Eric Church in concert but I haven’t had a chance to see the rest of them,” said country fan Bailey Mills, of Veneta. “I’m excited to see Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.”

In addition to the star-studded musical lineup dozens of vendors are on site, selling everything from cowboy hats and sunglasses to airbrush tattoos and duck calls. There’s also a multitude of food and beverages to enjoy while at the festival. Many varieties of pizza, hot dogs, smoked meats and deep fried treats are available from open to close while at the festival. 

“The pizza is really good,” said Mills while enjoying a slice. “There’s a lot of variety here.”

The Cape Blanco Music Festival is a family friendly, with fun activities available for children, including zip line rides, harness swings and racing inside giant inflatable balls. 

“I really like the venue. It’s really big and there’s lots of space and stuff for the smaller kids to do,” said Mills. “There’s a lot of booths and that’s really good too. I got a necklace and sunglasses for really cheap at the booths.”

Puhl is pleased to help bring an event of this nature to the local community.

“I think its very professionally run and will be a good event,” he said. “I think it’s good for the community. It’s estimated to bring a half-million dollars into the community. There’s hardly something better we can do for the community better than this. A lot of the local business owners are very happy and they’ve seen a business increase.

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