Musical talent Sunny Sweeney entertained a crowd Saturday night, during the 7th annual Dry Devils River Music Flood in Sonora.
KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS
Musical talent Sunny Sweeney entertained a crowd Saturday night, during the 7th annual Dry Devils River Music Flood in Sonora. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS

Hundreds of people came out for the annual Dry Devils River Music Flood Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Sonora.


The event, hosted by the Sonora Chamber of Commerce, featured top specialty cooks from around the area, vendors offering a variety of goods and a concert featuring four performers including Jody Nix, Sunny Sweeney, Blind Nello and Siggno.


Chamber Executive Director Donna Garrett said she couldn’t have been more pleased with the success of this year’s event.


“Overall the event was huge success,” Garrett said. “Without counting ticket sales, it was obvious that we had the biggest crowd so far compared to previous years. Everyone had a great time. I believe the band selections this year were also the best because we offered a variety of music that everyone could enjoy. Siggno was a hit with everyone.”


Garrett joined by the Chamber board members and her staff started working on plans for a successful event since the beginning of the year. Local sponsors helped make the event possible again this year.


Setting up camps the day before, food crews started cooking early Saturday morning. The smell of BBQ brisket, chicken and beans filled the air.
Four teams offered their best for food judges to decide on their top choices.


The following were awarded first place for their food and drink entries:


BBQ Paradise, of Sonora, swept the trophies for Bloody Mary’s, beans and potato salad. The Smokin Pistoleros, of Eldorado, took home the prize for Margaritas.


The top three awards for chicken went to BBQ Paradise, first place, Kill or Grill It, also of Sonora, second place and Lil Rae’s BBQ of Sonora, third place.


Serving up the best pork ribs, Lil Rae’s BBQ took home first place, Smokin Pistoleros, second place and BBQ Paradise, third place.


The top three Brisket teams were Lil Rae’s BBQ, first, Smokin Pistoleros, second and Kill or grill It, third.


The Showmanship Champion and Reserve Grand Champion awards went to Smokin Pistoleros of Eldorado.


The Grand Champion was awarded to Lil Rae’s of Sonora.


Twenty-five percent of the ticket sales from this year’s event were donated to help those affected by the recent flood event in Sonora. Additionally, two tickets were presented to residents affected by flood and who registered with the American Red Cross.


Garrett said in light of the ongoing recovery of the community, she is sure that this year’s event served to more than just provide an atmosphere of fun, food and music.



It offered a much-needed respite for everyone.


“I believe Sonora needed this event to help provide relief from what has happened with the flood,” Garrett said. “Like everything else, it took the community coming together to make it all possible.”