LOCAL WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 HERMISTONHERALD.COM • A9 Women’s coalition to host economic summit By ANTONIO SIERRA STAFF WRITER T Staﬀ photo by Kathy Aney Post Malone performs during Saturday’s Pendleton Whisky Music Fest. Post Malone lights up Pendleton Whisky Music Fest By WYATT HAUPT JR. STAFF WRITER A bet by concert pro- moters on the appeal of rap in a region where country music is king paid off Sat- urday night as about 17,000 people ﬂ ocked to Pendleton Round-Up Arena to catch two of the genre’s biggest names — Post Malone and 50 Cent — at Pendleton Whisky Music Fest. The daylong event drew people from across Ore- gon, as well as neighboring states, on a beautiful sunny day when the temperature hovered around the high 80s only to cool off a bit and give way to a star-ﬁ lled evening sky by the time Post Malone took the stage amid much fanfare. For some concertgoers, such as Jake Thomas of Madras, the event marked his ﬁ rst visit to Pendle- ton. But it was the second time he attended a con- cert at which Post Malone was performing. Thomas, who came to the show with Bridget Neikirk of Bend, said the ﬁ rst time he saw Post Malone perform was in Brisbane, Australia. “It was just a random event,” said Thomas in recalling a moment leading up to the performance. “OK. So let’s go see (American DJ) Diplo and Post Malone ends up open- ing for him. And I’m just like, ‘This could be the best night of my … life.’” Thomas and Neikirk were pumped to be in the company of the thousands of people sitting and stand- ing shoulder-to-shoulder on the arena’s grass-covered grounds ﬂ anked by thou- sands of other fans in the grandstands. “We are really enjoy- ing it,” said Neikirk prior to an electrifying perfor- mance by 50 Cent. “We just got here a couple of hours ago. Went and had dinner over at Hamley’s … it was wonderful.” The performance by 50 Cent energized the crowd and served as a power- ful lead-in to Post Malone, who opened his set with “Too Young.” Post Malone, who is not shy about his embrace of adult bever- ages, took the stage clad in a multi-colored two-piece ensemble that looked like it came straight out of Pend- leton, and a 16-ounce red Solo cup in hand. He repeatedly encour- aged the crowd to party as he deftly worked his way through a nearly 90-min- ute show that included songs “Better Now,” “Candy Paint,” “Wow,” “Sugar Wraith,” and his lat- est, “Goodbyes.” The per- formance of “Goodbyes” marked the ﬁ rst time he played the song at a concert. Post Malone rounded out his set with “Congrat- ulations” and then made an emotional salute to the crowd before slowly mak- ing his way off the stage. “I can’t explain to you my life has been … crazy. But no matter what the … is going on in my life — to be able to come out and sing these … songs with y’all means the … world to me. Thank you so much. I hope you all had a good … festival.” He added, “I love you all to death. I hope you all have a good ... night. Drive safe, be safe.” The festival, which also featured performances by Tyla Yaweh, Blanco Brown, Grieves and DJ Sovern-T, capped a music- ﬁ lled weekend that kicked off with a Friday night party on Main Street in downtown Pendleton that drew thousands of people and packed bars. Whisky Fest co-orga- nizer Doug Corey said Monday “it took a whole bunch of people” to make the event happen. “We couldn’t do this without the support of the community,” said Corey, who also extended thanks to Pendleton Mayor John Turner, the city council, police and ﬁ re personnel as well as the vendors and others who helped make the event a success. He said the event, which wrapped up its fourth year, drew the second largest crowd. Last year, the com- bination of Pit Bull and Blake Shelton pulled in about 18,700 people. “I really think a lot of people had a great time,” said Corey, who co-founded Whisky Fest with Andy McAnally. “We’re really pleased with it.” he Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition is gathering big names and big companies in Herm- iston to discuss the eco- nomic status of the region. “The inaugural Eastern Oregon Economic Summit will offer in-depth discus- sion about factors affecting rural Oregon’s economy, from the impacts of legisla- tion enacted during the 2019 session to changes in tech- nology, demographics and environmental resources,” a press release states. Coalition President Bobby Levy said the event, which is slated for July 26 at Hermiston High School, differs from other economic summits because it targets the entirety of Eastern Ore- gon rather than a speciﬁ c city or county. “In visiting with private and public sector leaders, there was no singular event to address Eastern Oregon’s economic issues or how to grow rural Oregon’s pres- You deserve total audiological care. Professional. Experienced. Local. Stanﬁ eld class of ‘69 plans 50- year reunion There’s still time to make plans to catch up with the Stanﬁ eld High School class of 1969 during their 50-year reunion. Organizers for the event are ﬁ nalizing plans and hope to hear from class- mates who haven’t con- ﬁ rmed with an RSVP. In addition, other Tigers are invited to join the class of 1969 for their reunion activities. The event kicks off Fri- day, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The meal will be catered by Delish Bistro. In addition to visiting and catching up, classmates Larry Simmons and Kelly Bissinger will serve as master of ceremo- nies. The cost is $25. The following morning features a breakfast pre- The Eastern Oregon Eco- nomic Summit requires registration and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26 at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St. For more information, visit www.easternore- gonsummit.com. pared by the Hermiston Rotary Club. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. at Bard Park, Stanﬁ eld. There is no set fee; peo- ple may make a donation to help offset costs. In order to ensure there’s enough food, those plan- ning to attend either event are asked to RSVP by Fri- day, July 26. For more information or to regis- ter, call Gloria Rodriguez at 541-377-1353 or Larry Simmons at 541-561-5853. Local family steps up with shoe drive A Umatilla family is hosting a shoe drive to raise money for RettSyndrome. org. 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