Can you believe we are nearly a month away from the first day of fall?

It seems this summer has just flown by. I suppose the quick transition from major flooding throughout the valley to widespread wildfires could be to blame for the lack of free time to enjoy the sunshine.

But either way, there’s still time to enjoy the beautiful – albeit smoky – weather and enjoy a show or two.

Friday night the iconic country music group BlackHawk will take the stage at the North Central Washington Fair in Waterville.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with Waterville-based band Jumpers Flats, followed by BlackHawk at 7:30 p.m.

A concert ticket also covers admission to the fair, which runs Aug. 23-26.

BlackHawk’s 1993 self-titled Arista debut album launched with the smash single “Goodbye Says It All,” followed by the top five hits “Every Once in a While,” “I Sure Can Smell the Rain,” “Down in Flames” and “That’s Just About Right.”

The album soon became certified double-platinum, and the band received an Academy of Country Music nomination as Best New Vocal Group of The Year.

The organizers of the fair always do a great job at booking class acts and it should be a great show.

If you were in Okanogan County last week you may have seen a familiarl face as Hollywood actor and musician Jack Black and his family were visiting relatives in the north county region.

Last Thursday, reporter Katie Teachout and I had the opportunity to visit with Black and his family at the Omak Theater. They were screening a short film that featured his children. See Page A1 for a story and photo on his visit.

On a final note: Be sure to mark your calendars for the Ferry County Fair Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 in Republic, and the Okanogan County Fair Sept. 6-9 in Okanogan.

Enough for this week!

Brock Hires is managing editor for The Chronicle. He can be reached at 509-826-1110 or via email at

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