Newport, a little town bordering Idaho, is just now wrapping up a Bluegrass Music Festival.
Fall is in the air. A nice crowd placed their chairs in front of the bandstand to hear a variety of performers. Soon the sun’s rays, which were shining in the eyes of the musicians, would no longer be in their eyes and folks would snuggle into jackets.
A 21-year-old kid from Texas got our vote for best guitar player; a man playing the mandolin from Flintwood in Sandpoint, ID., was top choice for that instruments, but best singer was the tall, lanky guy Chet O’Keefe who announced that after nine years in Nashville, he had relocated to Kettle Falls in NE Washington.
He found the area when he had come to help his parents build their off-the-grid residence.
Remember the name: Hopefully he’ll be the lead performer during the upcoming Rotary Chili Cook Off next Sept. 21 at the fairgrounds in Colville. The event won’t be topless as the one Texas offers, but it will offer lots of good eating, cooking, entertainment and camping out.