Arts & Entertainment

Jamboree to rock Benton City

BENTON CITY -- Between the rockin' sounds of Highway 12 and the Vaughn Jensen Band, there's no way the annual Benton City Jamboree could be considered dull.

The events get under way Saturday at City Park in the heart of town.

Besides all the great music, other festivities include a barbecue, wine tasting, a health fair and more.

This year's jamboree is sponsored by the Benton City along with the Port of Benton, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The fun starts at 2 p.m. Organizers recommend visitors bring a blanket or lawn chair and sit back and relax while listening to classic rock, blues, bluegrass, country and salsa tunes along with some sultry dancing.

And while you're sitting there, you might want to look skyward between 5 and 6 p.m. That's when Sundance Aviation plans a flyover of City Park with a banner that celebrates the port's anniversary.

After 5 p.m., admission is $5 plus a nonperishable food item for the Benton City Food Bank. But kids 14 and under are free with paid adults.

The barbecue features barbecue sandwiches for $4 or hot dogs for $1.25 plus corn on the cob and potato salad also available for purchase.

Here's the music schedule:

2-4 p.m. -- Funky Dooty

3:05-3:40 p.m. -- Sultana Dancers

3:45-4:35 p.m. -- Wet Betty

4:40-4:55 p.m. -- Jerry Todd

5:20-7:20 p.m. -- Vaughn Jensen Band

7:30-9:45 p.m. -- Highway 12.

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;