Boardman rolls out fall event

Brady Goss and the Badger Mountain Dry Band light up the stage during the Main Street Cowboys show in downtown Pendleton last week. Goss and his band will take the spotlight in Rollin' on the River in Boardman Sat. Oct. 3.<BR><I>Photo by Joe Duty</I>

With events sprinkled throughout the year, the Boardman Chamber of Commerce recognized there weren't any special gatherings in town during the autumn months.

"We decided we needed to have a fall event - it's a good opportunity to have fun," said Executive Director Diane Wolfe.

Partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Boardman, the chamber hammered out details for Rollin' on the River, which includes musical entertainment as well as wine and beer tasting.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4-7:30 p.m., at the Boardman Marina Park.

"We decided to have beer and wine tasting because not everyone likes wine and not everyone likes beer," Wolfe said.

When discussions began nearly six months ago, Wolfe said organizers envisioned possibly a bluegrass festival with half a dozen bands. However, being the inaugural event of what the chamber hopes turns into an annual event, Wolfe said they decided to start out small.

Featured entertainers are Brady Goss: The Piano Man and Badger Mountain Dry Band.

Goss, a 20-year-old keyboardist, identifies one of his influences as Jerry Lee Lewis. Playing everything from country to jazz and rock and roll, Goss, who grew up in Wallowa, also identifies The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams as contributing to his development.

Wolfe saw Goss perform at the beginning of the summer at Music in the Parks and more recently at the Main Street Cowboys Show during Pendleton Round-Up.

"What amazed me about Brady Goss ... is he plays to the group or crowd," she said. "He appeals to everybody."

The Badger Mountain Dry Band plays bluegrass music, including original music. Joe Smart, who plays guitar and fiddle, was winner of the 2005 Walnut Valley Flatpicking contest.

The group is based in the Tri-Cites and has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Cost for the event is $15 and includes two free drinks or an opportunity to taste several beers/wines and a keepsake stadium cup.

Additionally, pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase at a cost of $6.50.

For more information, contact the Boardman Chamber of Commerce at 541-481-3014.

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