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www.tricountynews.mn 11 PAGE 9 Au {ust 25, 2016 By Jean Doran Matua, Editor In spite of a little rain and cool temperatures, there may have been a record crowd at this year's Mid Summer Blast in Eden Valley Saturday evening, Aug. 20. Ernie Junker says about 1,300 pre-sale tickets were sold. They won t have a final ticket count and )rofit amount for awhile yet. Maiden Dixie kicked off the )arty, singing both original and cover songs. Peter Theis and Larry Snod- rass brought in the colors between acts, and Ayana Ertl sang the National Anthem a capela. The Fabulous Armadillos came on next, wowing their fans with songs from numerous genres, from lanis Joplin to The Who and Prince. Mayor Brent Bengston came onto the stage between acts to wel- come everyone to Eden Valley, and thank everyone for coming to the party. Chris Hawkey bounded onto the stage to finish out the night with his energetic performance. The annual concert is a fund- raiser for Citizens4Progress in Eden Valley which funds a num- ber of community projects. Chris Hawkey was the headline act of the 2016 Mid Summer Blast in Eden Valley last Saturday, Aug. 20. He was gracious and energetic, and performed two songs with the Fabulous Armadillos and later sang a duet with Pamela McNeill the lead singer of the Armadillos, a piece McNeill wrote. Staff photos byAnton Matua. Billy Scherer, Pamela McNeill and Mike Zeleny of the Fabulous Armadillos, the second act of the evening. Staff photo by.lean Doran Matua. ro 8e Our Watkins Chiropractic Clinic Dr, S. Gary Verbovanec 320-764-3000 165 Central Ave. N. Watkins iii .... ii I IIII The Chris Hawkey Band heated up the cool evening. Hawkey dedicated a song toward the end of his set to Alayna Ertl, the 5-year-old girl who had been kidnapped and killed earlier that day. Staff photo byAnton Matua. Channing Himes, Drew Sherman, Jesse Becker, and Jonathan Krentz of Maiden Dixie, the first act of the night. They performed a mixture of original and cover songs. A few minutes of rain sprinkles didn't deter ardent fans. Staffphoto by ,lean Doran Matua. The Fabulous Armadillos performed music from many rock genres. Chris Hawkey even joined them on a couple of songs. Staff photo by Anton Matua. Emergency Communication Made Easy, available FREE from the Meeker County website (co.meeker.mn.us) or Facebook page. Sign up now! il II