Ethan’s Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at the Adams County Fair grounds.

Ethan Weiman dressed each day of his childhood like a cowboy and died just shy of his fifth birthday in June 2009 after a two-year fight with neuroblastoma cancer. His family is holding the rodeo in his honor and area country act Highway 99 will perform both nights. To read more, click here.

Matt Bordenkircher of Highway 99 answered some questions about the group below:

Matt Bordenkircher, vocals and acoustic guitar
Steve Bordenkircher, vocals and lead guitar
Hannah Wort, vocals and acoustic guitar

“My dad and I, Steve, had been playing off and on at wineries and bars for a year or so when my dad met Hannah at a neighborhood get together. Not long after that my dad invited Hannah and her father over to play guitar and thats when I met her. Hannah and I started dating shortly after that and she soon joined us as a group. We came up with the group name Highway 99 and have all been playing together for about a year.”

“My greatest influence growing up was my dad. He was in a band for about ten years before I was born and got me started playing guitar when I was in high school. Country music was always on the radio growing up. My dad had me listening to classic country, such as, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, which comes through in our live act. Hannah’s greatest influence was her dad. He also plays guitar and got her started playing a few years ago. They have been singing for years at talent shows and local events. Overall we are influenced by classic country that I have mentioned, classic rock such as the Eagles and Southern rock, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

“People should expect country music that goes from today’s top 40 all the way back to the 60s. Our show has always been a variety of country songs that would please a rodeo crowd and this weekend at Ethan’s Rodeo won’t be any different.”