COUNTY FAIR — 'Variety' defines theme of Clallam County Fair's entertainment

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, Aug. 15.


PORT ANGELES — The 2014 Clallam County Fair lineup of music and variety entertainers — both local and visiting acts — will have fairgoers tapping their toes and maybe even on their feet dancing and cheering.

The Black Vinyl Allstars, a Seattle rock 'n' roll cover band, will headline the fair's music scene at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today at the Wilder Auto Community Stage.

The band specializes in covers of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who but has also been known to add selections from Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Boston, ZZ Top, Deep Purple and other classic rock bands.

Black Vinyl Allstars formed in 2000 and plays in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Talent show

Among the most popular traditions at the Clallam County Fair is the fourth annual Variety and Talent Show, set at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wilder Stage.

The show gleans talent from among Clallam County residents.

In 2011, yodeling cowgirl Wanda Bumgarner, 68, of Port Angeles was selected winner of the inaugural show.

In 2012, Shula Azhar Dancing took home the prize, and the 2013 winner of the show was No Batteries Required, a Sequim-based barbershop quartet.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three contestants.

Robert Stuverud, known as Roberto the Magnificent, is a longtime favorite comedy act at the Clallam County Fair.

He will juggle knives, flaming torches and spinning hand saws — and balance on tall unicycles and industrial-strength pogo sticks — at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

Pirates ahoy

Cap'n Arrr, an interactive comedic pirate show, will begin at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the KidZone stage.

Cap'n Arrr battles with sea creatures, selects his first mate from the audience and juggles oversized cannon balls — giant black balloons filled with water — and is known to pull a few shipmates on stage to show their pirate skills.

Musical acts will perform on several stages today, Saturday and Sunday.

Today

Eden Valley Strummers, a “ukulele house band” at the Port Angeles Senior Center, will open today's offering of musical fare with a performance at 11 a.m. on the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

Dee Coburn and the Night Beats, a Port Angeles band with members who have been playing since the 1960s, will play oldies, country and rock 'n' roll at noon on the Wilder Stage.

Luck of the Draw, a four-member bluegrass band and Clallam County Fair favorite, will perform at 1 p.m. at the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

Massy Ferguson, a bar band that plays Americana rock-country music “filled with barflies, broken hearts and doomed late-night romance,” will perform at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Wilder Stage.

Shady Grove, performing at 5 p.m. at the Sunny Farms Center Stage, offers folk songs from the 1960s, including favorites of The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four.

The Port Townsend band is an acoustic group featuring three-part vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass.

Saturday

The Olympic Peninsula Men's Chorus returns with barbershop-style harmonics and old-time favorites at 11 a.m. on the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

The Olympic Mountain Cloggers, who have been dancing in the Port Angeles and Sequim areas since 1985, will take the Wilder Stage at 11 a.m.

Guardian Elephant, which performs rock, country, blues and pop as well as original tunes, will play at noon at the Wilder Stage and 5 p.m. at the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

The Jessica Lynne Band of Seattle will perform at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Wilder Stage.

A country music artist who grew up in Denmark, Lynne was the Washington state winner of the Texaco Country Showdown.

The Fabulous Hayshakers, made up of members of Haywire and the Soulshakers, will perform country, blues and classic rock at 2 p.m. at the Wilder Stage.

The Vibratones Reunion is at 6 p.m. on the Wilder Stage. A local music scene mainstay from the early '70s until 2001, the band will reunite for one night.

Sunday

Tom Taylor will perform country-rock/contemporary Christian music at 10:30 a.m. on the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

At 11:30 a.m., the Young Fiddlers of Sequim will play on that stage.

At noon, Witherow — composed of Abby Mae, formerly of Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys, and Dillan Witherow — will perform on the Wilder Stage.

Dean Ratzman, a Port Angeles native, will perform at 1 p.m. on the Sunny Farms Center Stage.

At 4 p.m. on the same stage, Strait Wheelers will offer square dancing.

At 5:30 p.m. on the Wilder Stage, alternative rock will be created by Below The Smile, three brothers who have been performing together since 1993.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: August 15. 2014 7:21AM
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