Thousands flocked to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora on Saturday for the Unruly Country Brew N Que Festival put together by Trado Restaurant Corporation.

The daylong for-profit event backed by local businessman Doug Kennedy, owner of the Bourbon Barrel at 208 S. Green St., included popular country music artists that attracted people from throughout the state and beyond.

“It’s great for our little town to have something like this,” said Brittney Mote, of Jamestown.

Mote and her friend, Ally Jean, also of Jamestown, said they went to see country singer Luke Pell, a former contestant on the TV show The Bachelorette.

Others came from as far as Texas for the headliner, Luke Combs, whose recently released “This One’s For You” is currently the fourth top selling country album on the Billboard charts.

“I’ve been waiting for him to headline,” said Jesse English, who came from San Antonio to see Combs.

English was with his girlfriend, Jo Tremblay, an active-duty Air Force nurse who lives in Vacaville. They planned to visit Yosemite National Park after the event.

The event also featured a rodeo, cornhole tournament and nationally sanctioned barbecue competition.

Heather Hoke and Jason Williams, a couple who lives in Phoenix Lake, said they were happy that the event was close to home.

“It’s something to do,” said Williams. “Hopefully they do it again.”

Kennedy has stated he plans to hold similar events at the fairgrounds, including a reggae music festival next year, that will also be promoted by his Trado Restaurant Corporation that he co-founded with his wife, Tracie Snitker Kennedy.

The company spent months planning and promoting the event throughout the region, including the Bay Area, Southern California and Nevada.

Many local businesses also helped sponsor Saturday’s event.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.