Willie Nelson

As the alt-country hipsterati has embraced Willie Nelson over the last decade, his coolness cache has gone through the roof, and he spends some summers touring minor league ballparks with Bob Dylan. But 10 years ago, in the summer of 2000, the hankied one launched a veritable tour of small-town Washington fairs. He played no less than the Northwest Washington Fair (Lynden), the Southwest Washington Fair (Chehalis), the Evergreen State Fair (Monroe), and the Benton-Franklin County Fair (Kennewick). I’d love to tell you about Willie’s free show in Lynden, which my folks and I made a special trip north for, but we filled up on ice cream at the Lynden-Christian booth and could no longer stand up. Don’t you go doing the same when you Do the Puyallup with Willie, now, ya hear? CHRIS KORNELIS

Thu., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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