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Last ride for Rough and Ready’s Fruit Jar Pickers

The fiddles flew, the hands clapped, and the gut bucket held the bass line as Rough and Ready's very own Fruit Jar Pickers sounded the end of an era as the ever eclectic gathering of musicians held their final sing along show Sunday at the Rough and Ready Grange Hall.

The event was a reunion of the sorts, bringing past and present members of the band together from as far away as Australia, to have one last show.

Band members have estimated playing around 2,000 shows since first beginning the group 17 years ago.

Ken Ingersoll, who has been playing with the group at least once a year for the past 16 years, made the trip back to Rough and Ready from his home in Australia when he heard his beloved band was disbanding. Ingersoll addressed the audience at the end of Sunday's show and recalled first discovering the Fruit Jar Pickers when the band was playing at their old Palace building location where the new Rough and Ready Fire Department building now sits.

"I said yes, this is my kind of music," Ingersoll said.

Members of the audience also took some time to acknowledge all that the Fruit Jar Pickers have done.

"It was a pleasure to see a gang of seniors get together and enjoy playing their instruments and entertain all of us," Virgil Elems said.

"Over the years we've brought our family from all over the country and this has been one of the highlights," Gerry Cosby said with tears in her eyes.

Even though the Fruit Jar Pickers closed a chapter this month at the Grange Hall, talks of a reunion have already begun with shows potentially coming in July.