Jul. 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Hello fellow adventurers!

We are all aware that Garth is coming to town and, of course, it is Snake River Stampede week, but I have managed to uncover a few other super fun events going on this weekend.

1.  The 6th Annual Tater Dash is happening Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm at Twin Oaks Farm.  The Dash is a community event focused on promoting Idaho agriculture and reversing the idea of the couch potato to potato fitness.  You can register online or the day of the Dash.  This is an obstacle course through the mud and fun for everyone.  Bring the kids out and trek through the mud to raise money for a good cause.  The goal of TOF is to preserve this beautiful piece of land and not have it turn into residential development. By supporting their events, you are helping them keep it green!

2.  If you love a great breakfast and want a great way to start a Saturday (I know I do!) be sure to check out the 2nd Annual GI Joe Breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall in Boise.  All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House so you will be helping out children who need it and getting a great breakfast to boot!  The cost is only $10 and well worth it!  

3.  Finally, now that summer is finally here in Idaho its time to get out to America's favorite pasttime.  That's right adventurers...time to get to a baseball game!  The Boise Hawks have a home game this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Saturday and Monday the games start at 7:15 and Sunday at 5:15.  Be at Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Hawks in the perfect family friendly summer event.  Tickets start at only $8.  Be sure to grab a hot dog...hot dogs and baseball go hand in hand!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For this week's adventure I would like to recommend something that is happening the second weekend in August.  The Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho.  This is one of Idaho's most famous gatherings and one you don't want to miss.  I have been there and I will tell you it is a great time to have by all! 

"Now in its 14th year in Challis, the festival prides itself on maintaining its focus on music and a familial atmosphere – something that began decades ago, courtesy of its founders, Muzzie and JoAnn Braun, and their family, who have a deep musical history with the state that goes back decades."

"In the 1950’s, Muzzie’s father Eustacious “Musty” Braun, a musician himself, moved his family (wife Becky and three sons Gary, Billy, and Muzzie) to Twin Falls, Idaho.   Their three sons became musicians themselves, forming a band in high school and playing teen dances and the rodeo circuit. Eventually, Muzzie met Joann and together had four boys – Cody, Willy, Gary, and Micky – raising them in a rural home in Idaho with no electricity, running water, or neighbors. However, the homeschooled foursome had access to a variety of musical instruments, which, not surprisingly, they showed an innate ability to play."

All the boys have become accomplished musicians in their own right and have forged their own paths moving out across the west, however, they still call Idaho home.  They return often to their homes in Idaho including that busy weekend in August that has become known as the Braun Brothers Reunion.  Cody and Willy became the band we all have come to know and love as Reckless Kelly.  Micky and Gary formed Micky and the Motorcars, an Idaho favorite.  

"First held in 1979 in Stanley, Idaho by Muzzie and his three brothers Billy and Gary, the reunion started out as a record release party, but soon became an annual gathering, growing in size from a one-day event to a three-day event, drawing large crowds and artists from outside the region. By 2003, the festival outgrew Stanley itself and was moved to Challis. "

"While the yearly lineup has featured such musical powerhouses as Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Alejandro Escovedo, Jerry Jeff Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson, Guy Clark, and more, the Braun family too finds themselves on that stage during the Braun Family Jam. A highly anticipated part of the BBR, the entire Braun family – Muzzie, the boys, Billy, Gary, and others – takes the stage on Saturday to sing originals and standards. As a wave of nostalgia washes over those who have attended for years, others stand in awe at the talent on stage and the amount of joy they have performing together, a joy that spreads as wide as the mountains themselves."

There are plenty of food and beverage booths, but you won't see vendor booths at this event.  They want the focus kept on the stage where artists are serving up country for a gracious audience.  This year the event happens August 8-10th.  Its a good idea to get tickets early as they are more expensive the day of the events.  To learn more about everything Braun Brothers click here and I'll tell you how much fun I had and give you tips for a fantastic weekend!  This is a BucketList event you don't want to miss!

Have a great week friends!  Listen in next week on KQFC with Steve Shannon Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 to hear all about new adventures!