By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer
The first Dairy Fest will be held at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with games and activities to educate the community about dairy products.
Topping the night off will be a performance by country duo the Bellamy Brothers.
Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers said they will be starting their summer tour, and he and his brother, David, are excited to play in Clovis.
“This is our 30th anniversary,” Bellamy said. “We were in Clovis before so it’s been awhile but we definitely enjoyed it.”
The brothers, who scored their first No. 1 hit on the pop charts back in 1976 with the song “Let Your Love Flow,” eventually turned country in the early 1980s.
Even so, Bellamy said they don’t really like to group themselves into one specific genre of music.
“We just always recorded what we thought was a good song regardless of the category,” Bellamy said.
He added that the format for country music is much broader than it used to be as a result of musicians such as Shania Twain and Willie Nelson.
“I see people categorizing music saying, ‘Oh I don’t like country, I don’t like rock.’ Well, that’s a really narrow-minded statement,” Bellamy said. “There’s something for everybody in every category (of music). It just mainly depends on the song and artist.”
According to their Web site, the duo have produced 14 No. 1 hit singles during the course of their career. Their latest album, “Angels and Outlaws,” is a compilation of all their hits, re-recorded with guest performers such as Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton and Montgomery Gentry.
Expect to hear those tunes live, minus the guest stars, at the Bellamy Brothers’ Dairy Fest performance.
“We’re going to be doing all of them of course. We never go in anywhere without doing the hits,” Bellamy said.
“Redneck Girl” seems to be among the songs the crowds enjoy, according to Bellamy.
“It’s just a fun song to listen to. Everybody can kind of just join in and sing along,” he said.
The event is being hosted by the United Dairy Women. President Michelle Heavyside said they’re hosting the event for a few reasons.
“Since 1939, June has been National Dairy Month, and it’s time to celebrate dairy and the great bounty of dairy products that we make as an industry,” Heavyside said. “And it’s also a thank you to our communities because we’re so happy to be here.”
The event will cost a dollar to get in and free food will be provided, including cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, yogurt, ice cream and milk.
There will also be different contests, including a milk chug contest that will be done from a calf bottle, milk boot race, stick cow race and cow patty toss. No need to worry though; the patties are plastic.
Heavyside said she has gotten many comments about the upcoming event and the Bellamy Brothers concert.
“Everybody is so excited and everyone says, ‘I can’t believe it. This will be so fun,’” she said.
“Bring the whole family and come out because it’s a big family event where everyone can enjoy something,” Heavyside said.