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Dust Storm Fails to Deter Bluegrass Festival

Inclement Weather Merely Slows Down the Beat

By Robert JENSEN
The Desert Independent

January 22, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – A prolonged dust storm of mild to strong proportions visited the Blythe environs and made life difficult for those outside at the annual Colorado River Bluegrass Festival. Only a few folks left early as the vast majority rode it out until clear skies appeared once again over the “pickin and grinnin” going on at the Fairgrounds.

As always, RV’s dominated the parking lot with so many other out-of-state vehicles wanting entry that an overflow parking lot had to be opened across the highway. The members of CERT led by Anita Kelly made for smooth parking, the Rotary assisted with directions and a group of High School students brought by Twin Palms Principal Meliton Sanchez acted as messengers and assistants throughout the day. Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Shipley was everywhere throughout the day, ensuring the delivery of a smooth program.

The Festival continued on throughout Sunday as well.

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