The resident Colorado River Fair leadership is currently seeking volunteers for the upcoming 33rd Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival, scheduled to be held at the Fairgrounds Jan. 17-19, 2020.
The Colorado River Fair has taken over the staple hometown event's responsibilities and duties while the Blythe Chamber of Commerce goes through a reported re-organization period.
"Mayors and members of the council, thank you for the opportunity; I'm here on behalf of the Blythe Bluegrass Festival. In entering our 33rd year, a call for volunteers from our community. In past years, the (Blythe) Chamber of Commerce has been the organizing force behind this but they've stumbled lately," stated Colorado River Fair Board of Director Dr. Steve Montgomery to the Blythe City Council on Dec. 10. "Hopefully they pick themselves back up. But (Colorado River Fair CEO) Bruce (Wilson) at the Fairgrounds has stepped forward to be the anchor for it this year; so we are moving forward for the third weekend in January – 17, 18 and 19."
Current bands scheduled to appear (noted subject to change) include The Appalachian Roadshow; The Bluegrass Patriots; The Bar D Wranglers; The Greg Blake Band; Kenny & Amanda Smith; The Washburn Family; Marty Warburton & Home Girls; The Old Blue Band; Steve Spurgin, Mark Miracle, And Byron Lipkins; and Rusted Spurs West.
The Colorado River Fair has also noted a Country And Western Dance event on Saturday Jan. 18.
"You may not know, but this is a pretty big event in the bluegrass world – which isn't that big but we're known nationwide, internationally actually. We're the first festival of the season throughout the world. And we have a pretty good reputation," noted Dr. Montgomery. "The people who come here really appreciate this. It's a great bunch of people that come to this. They have a pretty significant economic impact while they're here. They make it a point to spend their money here; they really make it a point to do that because they appreciate what we do."
The 2020 Blythe Bluegrass Festival organizers are currently seeking volunteers to help in the lead-in to the event.
"It is an all-volunteer effort. We used to have a committee of about 40 people but many of them have passed on. Others have moved away. It's a very small group of us now, like three or four of us that anchor this thing. But anyone that can come out and help the week before, or week of – it starts (on a) Monday. We have to bring the RV's in and get the stage set up and it's a lot of effort," said Dr. Montgomery. "You don't have to like bluegrass music. If you're going be helping out, you probably won't be able to hear any because you'll be working the whole time. But it's a really great bunch of people that comes to this thing, and anybody that can help out, we'd really appreciate it."
For more information, or to volunteer, call the Colorado River Fair at (760) 922-3247; or reach Dr. Montgomery at the Circle H Veterinary Hospital, (760) 922-3136.