Volunteers and workers galore began converging Friday afternoon on the downtown Dixon corners and in the Library Park to get ready for the day-long event, Grillin’ and Chillin 3. It will be 10 am to 10 pm Saturday but streets will be blocked at 6 am in the morning and until midnight Saturday night.
The main stage will be at the corner of Highway 113 and A Street in the old Pardi Market Parking Lot. Lorente Productios is in charge of the professional concert stage sound and lighting system.
After a wedding uniting Alan Andereson and Pamela Cash on the main stage at 10 am, the music will start at 11 am with Dixon’s own ’48 Straight’ playing favorite country hits until about 3 pm. The band has performed numerous times in Dixon and is popular with the locals.
Rounding out the day from 7 to 10 pm will be ‘Rodeo House.’ Since the formation of the Rodeo House group in 2005 by vocalists Christina Amato and Dave Scott, the band has evolved into a sought after blend of songs and skilled musicianship.
“Rodeo House plays hard core country,” said Steve Lorente of Lorente Productions. While they have not played in Dixon before, they are popular in the Bay Area and the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.
“We will have beer and wine next to the stage, dancing in the streets, and a party until the cows--and pigs--come home,” Lorente said.
The daylong event is hosted by the members and volunteers of the Grillin’ and Chillin ‘ Committee and dozens of volunteers from the community.
“This is about giving back to the community and giving opportunities for non-profits to fundraise,” said Mike Hamilton, the event’s director. “There will be taste-bud-raising chili, delicious barbecue ribs, cool cars and trucks, live music, lots of crafters and artisan’s work, and children’s activities in the park coordinated by Suzanne Lorente of Dixon Kiwanis.” said Hamilton. For more information, go to DixonRibCookoff.com.