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Rifle Rendezvous continues with fiddling, feasting, fun

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. pearson Dan Snyder pulls into a motorcycle rally on Third Stree on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to help kick off the Rifle Rendevouz with t Thursday evening.

RIFLE – The ninth annual Rifle Rendezvous Festival kicked off Thursday night with the first Steel Horse Bike Rendezvous downtown on Third Street.Bike owners of all makes and models were invited to attend the rally and socialize with fellow riders. Non-bikers were also encouraged to come and check out the different types and styles of bikes.

“Like the Rendezvous, this is a chance to get together and swap stories,” said Bob Rensberry, a local Realtor and coordinator of the bike rally, along with Keri Meskin and Leslie Getty from the Rifle Rendezvous Committee.The Rendezvous continues Friday with another debut event – a fiddle contest, which is expected to draw pickers and fiddlers from all over. The event begins at noon with an open jam session at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, and competition begins with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday.The event is the brainchild of local fiddlers Lee Gillespie and Dick Simms, with help from Daile MacLeod, treasurer of the Rifle Rendezvous Committee.

“We’ve had a lot of fiddle contests in Rifle over the years, but this will be the first one at the Rendezvous,” Gillespie said.”We hope to get at least 20 (fiddlers),” Simms said. The competition is not limited to fiddle players. Banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro players are also welcome to compete for the up to $3,000 in cash and prizes.

Friday’s events at the fairgrounds will also include the preschool parade, Kids Korner, a buffalo barbecue, cowboy music and poetry, as well as a silent auction and carnival.Along with the fiddling contest, Saturday will be more of the same and include a logging competition and a shootout at high noon by the Garfield County Regulators. Saturday night will be a lineup of live music, featuring Kerri-Ann and Brush Fire and the Mack Daddy Band.Closing activities on Sunday include a communitywide worship service early in the morning and activities throughout the day. The festival officially closes at 4 p.m.

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