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It’s Rendezvous time: more music, live entertainment at Garfield County Fairgrounds

Niki Turner
Citizen Telegram Contributor

In the early 1800s, fur trappers and traders gathered together every year to buy and sell their goods, socialize and celebrate the arrival of spring.

There aren’t many fur trappers around these days, but the spirit of camaraderie, fellowship, and fun is reenacted every year at the Rifle Rendezvous.

Starting this Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, area residents and visitors will “rendezvous” once again at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Although there won’t be a rodeo this year due to ongoing work at the fairgrounds, plenty of live performers will provide a full schedule of entertainment.

“New this year is Derringer (band), Glenwood Vaudeville, and others,” said first-year president Scott Brynildson. “And returning, we have the archery shoot and the car show.”

And that’s not all. The schedule is packed with live entertainment, plus vendors selling their wares, and the return of the Brown’s Carnival.

Friday evening, the ArtillumA Dance Company will perform their variety show and comedy routine, followed by the Lever Action band.

Saturday’s main events include the archery shoot in the indoor arena (call Chip Allen at 230-1059 for registration information), the annual car show at Metro Park with live music by the Rock Ridge band, and the Rolling Rendezvous BMX, skateboard and scooter contest at the Rifle Action Sports Park. There is a $5 entry fee for the contest. Call the Rifle Recreation Department at 625-2151 for more information.

Saturday evening, listen to Joey Ball and Family, then get your tickets for the Glenwood Vaudeville Review and dinner, provided by WingNutz, for $10 per person. After the dinner theater program, enjoy a special tribute to Johnny Cash, followed by live country-rock music by Derringer.

On Sunday morning, enjoy more live music and a Christian message with Sherry and Jeff Kerr, Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, Sharon Turner, Joey Ball, Brynildson, and Misty Allen and the 3 Blondes.

Entrance to the Rendezvous is free. Carnival tickets are $30 at the gate for an all-day pass.

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