Country music star Eric Church and Seattle rapper Macklemore will headline the 2020 Whisky Music Fest at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

The two performers will hit the stage on Saturday, July 11. Church is a three-time Country Music Association and six-time Academy of Country Music Award winner who released his critically acclaimed album “Desperate Man” atop the Billboard Country Albums chart in late 2018. The North Carolina native is nominated for two Grammy awards for best country album and best country song.

Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore will also take the stage to perform several Billboard hits and entertain the crowd with his high energy show. Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis teamed up on the single “Thrift Shop” which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. The duo’s second single “Can’t Hold Us” also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles both reach No. 1.

The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including best new artist, best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance.

Tickets will go on sale in early February following the release of the festival’s full artist lineup.

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Hermiston’s 46th annual Farm Fair is scheduled for Dec. 4-6.

The event will feature three days packed with vendors, food samples and presentations in English and Spanish on topics ranging from hemp to bees. Wednesday and Thursday will be held at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center and Friday will be at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Most sessions are free, but there is a $20 fee for CORE classes, which people can register for at

Look for the full schedule, biographies of the moderators and more information in the Farm Fair special section of next week’s Hermiston Herald.

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Members of the Columbia River Heat recently stepped up to the plate to help at the Hermiston Warming Station. Adelaide Zumwalt said the group of softball players hit a home run in providing a valuable community service by cleaning the facility in advance of it opening.

The Hermiston Warming Station is at 1075 S. Highway 395. For information about making donations or ways to help, call 541-289-2150 or search Facebook.

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The Hermiston Herald offices will close at noon on Wednesday of this week and all day on Thursday so that our office staff can celebrate Thanksgiving. The office will resume its normal hours on Friday.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center will not be holding meals on Thursday or Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday’s menu is turkey sandwich, pasta salad and dessert. Tuesday is meat loaf, veggies, Jell-O salad and dessert. Next Wednesday is chicken Alfredo, salad, fruit and cookies.

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