JOHN DAY - The Grant County Ranch and Rodeo Museum's grand opening attracted around 200 people Saturday.

"It's an awesome turnout," Karla Salisbury Colson said. Colson is the secretary of the board of directors.

"It's a good turnout, better than expected," Tobe Zweygardt said. Zweygardt is president of the board of directors of the museum.

The Grant Union High School FFA was serving Strawberry Mountain Natural Beef hamburgers, and several performers sang cowboy music and read cowboy poetry.

Dallas McCord, and his wife, PJ McCord from Crestwell were there, along with Sam Mattise, of Boise, Idaho, and Jim Aasen of Clarkston, Wash.

"There's a difference between country music, and western or cowboy music. It's not country western music anymore. Country music is about a spouse doing something, and they use electric guitars, electric bass and drums for the music. Western, or cowboy, music comes from cowboy poetry, tells a story and the music is acoustic." Dallas McCord said.

People trekked through the museum throughout the day, admiring the pictures and other ranch and rodeo memorabilia that was on display.

"It's kinda neat," Jeff Cary said. "I liked it."

Museum hours will be posted at a later date.

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