Columbia River Cowboy Gathering

<p>GT Hurley</p>

GT Hurley

<p>Cowboy Gathering</p>

Cowboy Gathering

If you like cowboy hats and country music, you'll want to head to the 10th annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival, which kicked off today at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

The event features plenty of family style entertainment - story telling in the cowboy tradition, lots of food, shopping, and plenty of music on all three days.

This is also the fifth year for the Cowboy Idol singing contest - Kennewick's own version of American Idol -- which draws people from all over the region.

We caught up with G.T. Hurley, one of the idol contestants earlier today.

"I'm excited to be here - it's the first time I've been in Kennewick. Really green grass, great scenery, and I'm having a lot of fun," said Hurley.

"It's the first year we've come and it's well worth it. And I think we're gonna come again next year," said Dorothy "Dot" Collpitts from Lewiston, Idaho.

"We just like the bluegrass and cowboy music, that's what we're here for," said Ray Schatz from Yakima, WA.

All proceeds will be donated to two non-profits this year; local homeless vets and Rascals Rodeo.    

Doors open at 9 am tomorrow, and Sunday breakfast starts at 7am.  Closing time will vary depending on the acts, but should be at about 10 pm

Tickets run between $15-20, depending on what time of day you attend, and children under 12 years of age can attend free during the day.