The Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival has proved to be a popular event year after year.
And this year is no exception.
Reserved seating for the evening shows is sold out. General admission tickets still are available.
And there’s plenty to see.
The 12th annual event is April 10-12 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Doors open at noon April 10 and at 9 a.m. April 11. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. April 12, followed by cowboy church gospel music at 9 a.m.
With the event, “we’re trying to preserve the old culture, the old Western way of life — and do it at an affordable price,” said Budd Massengale, director.
The event includes multiple stages, food, vendors, drawings and activities for kids.
Johnny Rodriguez is the headliner April 10, and Barbara Fairchild is the headliner April 11.
“They put on a tremendous show, both of them. Both of them have had a tremendous amount of success in the music industry,” Massengale said.
And they aren’t the only performers. Plenty of others also will take the stage, from Barry Ward to Zac Grooms and Brewers Grade.
A Cowboy Idol contest will run April 10-11, organized by Smoke Wade.
Tickets for the cowboy gathering and music festival are available in advance at Ranch & Home in Kennewick or by calling 509-851-4287.
Cost is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. Daytime-only passes are available at the door for $5.
Children younger than 12 are admitted for free during the day. The Sunday cowboy church is free.