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Sandy chamber hosts rockin' Music Fair & Feast July 7-10

Festival features Top 40, classic rock and more

This year’s Sandy Music Fair & Feast will bring plenty of fun and action to town from Thursday to Sunday, July 7-10, in Sandy Centennial Plaza, on the corner of Hoffman Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard.

Fans of everything from Top 40 music to downhome blues have ample opportunity to hear what they like through the festival’s four days.

“It’s where a lot of our community comes and it’s almost like a family reunion for people,” said Khrys Jones, executive director of Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the 44th-annual event. “But it’s also fun for people who haven’t had an opportunity to come before.”

Thursday, July 7, is Family Night, and admission is free and open to all ages from 5-11:30 p.m. The Top 40 band Hit Machine plays at 7:30 p.m. The band has performed with REO Speedwagon and Nu Shooz, among many others, and plays tunes from such bands as The Romantics, Devo, KC & The Sunshine Band and R.E.M.

On Friday, the fest opens at 5 p.m., with minors, accompanied by an adult, welcome until 8 p.m. Bands include Countryside Ride — who specialize in honky tonk, “hardcore” country & western, swing and hillbilly — who hit the stage at 5:30 p.m. Pop, rock, jazz and soul players Dancehall Days play tunes by artists including Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Rihanna, at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, July 9, admission is free from noon to 5 p.m. Performances include a 3 p.m. acoustic show by Megan James; a rockin’ party by Thrillride, who play originals as well as cover tunes by bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Black Crowes, at 5:30 p.m.; and classic rock from Crush, who play songs by Aerosmith, 3 Doors Down and AC/DC, among others, at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 after 5 p.m., and you must be 21 and over after 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, doors open at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast is served until noon. A Chili Cook Off takes place from noon to 2 p.m., which is new this year and Jones says is one way the chamber is trying to reach more families.

In addition to the cook off, which is for participants 18 and up, there is a Kids’ Cook Off for chefs age 7-17; youngsters can bake a dessert of their choosing. The cook off is sponsored by Clackamas County Bank.

Also on Sunday, the bluesy Rae Gordon Band plays from 2-4 p.m. Blues fans should note she is the 2015 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist from the Cascade Blues Association. Suggested donation is $2. All ages welcome.

Organizers also plan to honor Kristi Wheeler at this year’s Music Fair & Feast. Wheeler served as the event’s coordinator for seven years, but lost her battle with cancer last January. Wheeler’s daughters will attend the event, and organizers plan to present them with a plaque in memory of their mother.

Attendees can get $2 off admission for Friday and Saturday from the Sandy Les Schwab Tire Center, the festival’s presenting sponsor, at 37895 Highway 26.

For a complete schedule of events, log onto facebook.com/musicfairandfeast or call the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce at 503-668-4006.