The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Oregon Jamboree's big fan: Sweet Home woman has been to every festival since 1992


July 31, 2019

Scott Swanson

IRENE KENNEDY peers up the stairwell of her home, where she has posters from every Oregon Jamboree.

Of The New Era

Every year for nearly three decades, the heart of Irene Kennedy is filled with pride as top country music artists come to her little home town and sing for her.

Granted, they're singing for all fans, but to Kennedy, it's a pretty special moment.

"I can't believe that these people are coming to my town, and I'm gonna be there," said Kennedy, for whom, and husband Bill, this Jamboree will be No. 27. "And this year tops everything."

Kennedy went to her first concert when she was 14 years old, to see Hank Williams, Sr. at the Civic Auditorium in Portland. Now, nearly 70 years...

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