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The Rogue River Roundup returns

Back in 1995, regional and local western musicians, cowboy poets, artists and crafters gathered for the first Rogue River Roundup.

The roundup was held at various venues throughout Medford for several years during the mid-'90s and attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed cowboy music and poetry and Western art and crafters. After the retirement and relocation of the chairman of the roundup, the group disbanded.

Now the Rogue River Roundup is returning. A group of determined volunteers have come together to revitalize the popular event and to bring it to Phoenix for the first time.

The city of Phoenix will host the festival Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, in the Phoenix High School gymnasium and Rose Theater, 745 N. Rose St., Phoenix.

The roundup will consist of several events. On Friday night there will be a live radio show in a nostalgic and lively format.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday there will be hourly performances of music and cowboy poetry on two separate stages. The Phoenix High School gymnasium will be filled with artists, vendors and exhibitors. Outside, the Phoenix High chapter of Future Farmers of America will be offering barbecue meals. Saturday night will be the Headliner Show.

Scheduled performers during the weekend include Janet Bailey, the Booher Brothers, Kerry Grombacher, Butch Martin, Joyce Woodson, Skip Bessonette, Keeter Stuart and Leon Flick.

Organizers are looking for sponsors, vendors and advertisers to include in the printed programs. Space is still available for artists, crafters and exhibitors.

Local businesses are invited to participate as vendors, donors, advertisers or to have the company's business banner displayed during the event. Plans call for the festival to be held in Phoenix each year, and to make it bigger and more widely advertised with each year.

For details, contact rogueriverroundup@yahoo.com or call 541-601-2584.

Janet Bailey will be one of the performers when the Rogue River Roundup returns. - Janet Bailey