By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Old Salt Fest takes over Helmville


Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Singer Riddy Arman from the Mission Valley.

Riddy Arman serenaded the crowd with her folksy bluesy voice proclaiming "a cowboy hates fencing with love on his mind" against the backdrop of misty green hills, fading as rain showers threatened.

People sat in clusters on rows of straw bales under an 80 foot x 160 foot tent listening to the music and chowing down on pork barbecue and beans. They were cooked low and slow overnight in cement block fire pits and 30 gallon cauldrons. Some played corn hole and ladder golf in the background.

"It's a mellow crowd," Randy Mannix said, as he watched the cooks put four 50 pound slabs of beef should...

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