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Ror Schach: Not your granny's hootenanny

Minneapolis band Smoke and Mirrors typified the musical offerings with loud tunes, attitude and exuberance. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, Hubbard County is populated mostly by blue-haired geezers who listen to Lawrence Welk.

According to Saturday's Ror Schach Music and Art Festival, just the opposite is true, except maybe for the blue hair.

A crowd of under-30s and a few "elders" gathered at the Hubbard County fairgrounds all day to listen to music with an attitude and partake in a festival that sure wasn't your granny's hootenanny.

Sass, noise and exuberance came together on stage as 20 bands rocked the place for 14 hours.

"It took a long time to put this together," said co-organizer Nate Decker, whose band, Small Town Fugitives, performed.

And the next generation brought the next generation, decked out in skull-and-crossbones shorts (over their diapers) hair painted blue by a stylist on scene, and a variety of new Mohawk cuts just for the occasion.

They all thrived on the loud tunes, grinning from ear to ear.

The festival took a 16-year hiatus, but was back with a vengeance Saturday in Park Rapids.

According to the organizers, "musical genres range from blues/Indie to jazz to punk to folk to old school rap, country, ska and more," were featured.

Old school rap? Isn't rap rap?

Potter Midori Marcum of Pine River was enjoying brisk sales of her wares.

Ryan Rowe of Iowa was a human canvas, revealing colorful tattoos over his trunk. He was selling girlfriend Willow's wares. Mostly he was adding a blistering red sunburn to his multi-colored shoulders.

Other vendors sold essential oils, batik-print clothing and jewelry.

One of the most popular spots was a long plywood board. Cans of water-based paint stood open with brushes ready.

Asher, 4, and Tobias, 2, Bervig dipped into the paint as mom Jennifer carefully guided their hands over the mural.

"They don't get to do this at home," she laughed as the tow-headed twosome painted yellow over blue over a color that resembled army gray. Under the hot sun, the paint was drying so fast, the next painter had a fresh canvas.

Beverages and food kept the crowd from wilting in the midday sun.

"It's been a great day," said security guard Wyatt Hughes. "We've had no issues, no problems."

Based on the crowd makeup, Ror Schach will bring memories for the next generation of baby rockers, and maybe their kids.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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