Farmers market, music kick off Granby Oktoberfest |

Farmers market, music kick off Granby Oktoberfest

Granby’s beer steins overflow this weekend for the Historic Downtown Granby Promotions Committee’s second annual Oktoberfest celebration, with two days of live music and activities for the entire family. The weekend starts with the final farmers market First Friday Frenzy of the season.

Patrons are invited to the Granby Events Parking Lot for a variety of farm-fresh produce in peak harvest season. Morales Farms of Granby will have arugula, mixed green leaf, red leaf, romaine, spinach, cabbage, collards, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, snow peas, sugar snaps, sweet peas, rutabagas, turnips, cilantro, green onions, herbs and gooseberries. Sweet Pea Produce of Steamboat Springs will have apples, pears, chili peppers, peaches, corn, squash, zucchini and tomatoes. Other offerings include organic breads, balsamic vinegars, pastas, and buffalo meat; as well as homemade soaps and gift items.

The Farmer’s Market will also highlight a free childrens’ booth, lemonade stand, pumpkin patch and, as part of First Friday Frenzy, the market will have a beer and wine garden (5 to 10 p.m. from the Grand Lake Brewing Company and Winter Park Winery) and free live music.

Performers scheduled include Washboard Annie, starting at 4 p.m., and live music with Dakota Blonde starting at 5 p.m.

“Washboard Annie” Oium has been ringing in good times throughout the county on washboard, bells and stumpfiddle (a five-foot dowel, beer tray, cowbell, bike horn, wood block and bottle cap contraption) for more than 20 years. She plays Cajun zydeco, classic and modern rock, and even a bit of rap; and talented rescue dog

Dingo also helps her entertain (Dingo is trained to go get her a beer out of the cooler and waves “hi” to audiences).

She said entertaining started out as “just a fun sideline” while she made a living in a variety of horse businesses for 30 years. Most recently, she’s also been account executive for NRC Broadcasting.

At her shows, she works to make the music is fun to listen to, sometimes handing out maracas and tambourines for people to join in.

Following Annie’s performance, vibrant trio Dakota Blonde will grace the stage with originals and covers from a combination of folk, bluegrass, and country “with a little Celtic tinge” (and Oium looks forward to sitting in with them for a couple tunes). The band’s sound consists of vocals by signature blonde Mary Huckins (of South Dakota), guitarist Don Pinnella, and acoustic bassist Tony Raddell; and Ernie Martinez will be joining them.

They met while working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled, through similar careers in music therapy. The band has shared the stage with big names like Nickel Creek, Tony Furtado, Firefall, Mollie O’Brien, and David Crosby; and Huckins’ songs “Somebody’s Brother” and “Dig Real Deep” received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase and in the Chris Austin Song Contest (respectively). All three trio members come from musical families, “and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue.” Their newest CD, “Blonde Highlights” was released in February of this year and Martinez released “Where I Make My Home” in June.

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