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West Coast Country Music Festival

Country Fest

ASHLAND, Ore. — Eight country and blue grass bands strummed their guitars and played their fiddles at the West Coast Country Music Festival.

The festival took place at Greensprings Inn in Ashland.  More than 300 people were there by noon, enjoying craft brews, barbecue, and live music.  The festival began at noon on Sunday and will continue through Sunday night.

The WCCMF is an extension of a bigger non-profit project, the Live Music Preservation Society.  The organization hopes to keep music alive by providing easy access to live music around the Pacific Northwest.

According to the event producer De Fretwell, the profits from the WCCMF are being split up. Part of the proceeds are set to go to  Creekside Arts and Education, and a the other half will go to an 11-year-old Ashland boy with brain cancer.

“For our first festival for this year it has been fantastic,” said Fretwell.  “It’s been great.  The smoke and fires have been our concern, but it seems like the smoke itself has subsided — so we are in the clear.”