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Third Annual Chinook Music Festival In Naches

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 NACHES, WA.- Bands and musicians gathered from across the country this weekend in Naches for the third annual Chinook Music Festival.

It began as a dream, one band wanting to share their music and the music of others with their hometown community.

     But Cody Beebe and his band took that dream and turned it into a reality.

“We wanted to start something small and intimate and we knew we had a lot of friends that had the caliber of musicianship that would be able to come in and put on an awesome festival,” festival co founder Ty Paxton told KNDO.

What started as a couple bands playing together has become an event that sells out months in advance.

     They had twenty-eight bands appear this year and their headlining artist flew in to perform at Chinook after appearing on David Letterman.

     The festival director told us that the community was hesitant at first but now its become a supported tradition.

“At first this was our vision and we really wanted to make it happen, but now the community has backed us and supported us and I think they would be devastated if we didn't have it,” festival director Cody Beebe explained.

 They've created a music festival that supports local artists, boosts the areas economy, and brings the community together.

     Many of the local businesses along Chinook Pass lose business when the pass is closed down after summer.

     But organizers told us this festival has increased economy in the area and helped small businesses to get their names out in other communities.

“I think people have realized that we aren't just young guys partying, we're doing and creating an awesome festival that supports local arts as well as the local economy,” Paxton told us.

     The festival wrapped up Sunday afternoon, but it won't be long before they start planning for next year.

     They're hoping to expand the festivals main stage area and bring back even more bands from across the country.

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