GRANDVIEW - The amphitheater at Country Park Fairgrounds in Grandview will be jumping with the sounds of country music over Labor Day weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, with help from Clear Channel Radio and Les Schwab Tires, will present Hot Summer Night Barbecue and Bands. The event brings together a barbecue contest, wine and microbrew tasting, as well as great country music.
Delynn Otis, a member of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce who represents Clear Channel Radio, said there will be a variety of activities taking place at the fairgrounds during the event. She said the barbecue contest will start at noon, with judging at 4 p.m. Otis added that at 5 p.m. the public will be invited to begin tasting the barbecue sauces used by each of the contest participants. A sauce winner will determined by the public.
The doors will open for the evening's concert at 4 p.m. Otis said the Rod Giles Band will be the first group to take the stage. Also performing in the amphitheater will be Ty England, who used to perform with Garth Brooks; Tara McCormick, a former Miss Washington and second runner-up Miss USA 2003; and Justin Wortham, an aspiring country singer from Boise, whose current single is "John Deere Letter."
During the concert, Otis said those who come through the gates will have a chance to taste a variety of local wines and microbrews, adding that there will also be a car show taking place.
Grandview Chamber of Commerce President Jim Herriman said he's excited to see Grandview taking on another event.
"We wanted to add another event for the community to participate in," Herriman said. "Something for the whole family to gather around, have some great food and see some great entertainment."
Herriman said not only is Hot Summer Night a good thing for Lower Valley residents, it is also something that is good for the community of Grandview as a whole.
"It's great for tourism to our community," Herriman said, adding that it brings people to the community to see what Grandview has to offer.
"I really hope the community supports this," Herriman said.
Grandview Mayor Norm Childress, who has been a strong supporter of the new event, said he thinks Hot Summer Night is a good opportunity to showcase the city's amphitheater.
Childress, who was on council when the amphitheater was built, said he can remember the council deciding to go the extra mile when they constructed the facility to ensure that it could be used for professional entertainment.
"Now, just several years later, we're starting to see just that," Childress said.
Tickets for Hot Summer Night Barbecue and Bands are $10 per person and are available at all Smitty's Conoco locations.