PANORAMA - Encore for a special night

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The Band Perry erupts on stage with lead singer Kimberly Perry belting out a song while flanked by brothers Neil, left, and Reid Wednesday night at the 145th Annual Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. The sister and two brother band has emerged as one of the top country groups of the year and played before a record-breaking crowd at Washington state's oldest fair.

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A night of cowboy hats and LoCash Cowboy — among others — as 3 shows lit the Fair Concert to kick off the 145th Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

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Three shows at this year's Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Concert appeared to please a broad spectrum of fans and led to a record-breaking number ticket sales to the annual country performance. Aug. 31, 2011

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The LoCash Cowboys appealed to a much younger crowd as 4-year-old Kirra Bond danced energetically with Lilly Stoll, 2, in the Festival Seating dirt.

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Husband and wife country music team Joey+Rory open the three show Fair Concert Wednesday night with their cute romantic blend of solid, traditional country music and obvious adoration for one another.

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The Band Perry lead singer Kimberly Perry pours out a heartfelt love song Wednesday night, Aug. 31, 2011, in Walla Walla, Wash. at the 145th Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. The sister and two brother band of Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry has emerged as one of the top country groups of the year and played before a record-breaking crowd at Washington state's oldest fair.

The sound has drifted from the stage for several days now.

The music is gone.

In dry air at a rate of 768 mph, it should be somewhere out in space, or at least to Tennessee.

Yet it lingers. In our heads and hearts the songs play on.

It's a gift we purchased with a ticket that keeps on playing - giving something back. Melodies and words becoming a part of our collective memory. An in-body music library that lasts a lifetime, no matter how long or short that time might be.

Mingled with the smell of harvest and cotton candy, the feel of warm, dusty air and soft denim on our skin there is the rhythm of that special three-show night.

A night where more bands played than ever before.

And folks walked away with more than they had brought with them.

Little sounds that linger.

Something that stays in the heart for a final encore. Even after the music is gone.

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