The 2nd Annual Hopkins County Music and Comedy Revue promises to have tunes, family-friendly comedy suitable for the entire family, an auction and concessions.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Tickets are available at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Hopkins County Regional Civic Center box office or at the door at the show for $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 12 years and free for kids 5 or younger. Students wearing a D.A.R.E. T-shirt will also be admitted free. Seating is first-come, first-served so plan to get there early if you want a seat in the front.
Last year’s show was a big hit with nearly everyone who performed previously returning as well as a few other guests. Special entertainment will include an appearance by the “California Raisins.”
Among this year’s entertainers include Monty Tipps and the Mainstreet Band, “The C” Dale Cummings, The Cooney Brothers, Jacoby Smith, Cousin Cedric, Brad Cummings, Aaron Hanna, Tissha George, Stephanie Shing, Norman Colyer, Blake Hill and Kelly Kimmel. Craig Roberts will once again serve as master of ceremonies.
“There’s more excitement this year, last year was such a hit. Word is out. We try basically to put on a Branson-style show and make it of that caliber. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback so far, people saying they wouldn’t miss it and that they’re telling their friends, so we’re hoping for a great night. We had 356 turnout last year. It’d be wonderful if we could sell out. We hope to at least match or exceed last year’s turnout,” HCSO D.A.R.E. Sgt. Brad Cummings said.
Those who weren’t able to attend last year’s program can still catch it this week as its replayed on Channel 18. DVDs of last year’s show will also be available for $10 each at the July 11 show.
“It’s family-oriented, a good evening for everyone. It’s a variety show – not anything you wouldn’t let your kids watch, nothing intentionally offensive,” Cummings added.
Cummings said anyone celebrating milestones such as a birthday or anniversary while enjoying the show are asked to post a message on the benefit’s Facebook page or contact him, prior to the show so they can be recognized Friday.
Prior to the show, the Cooney Brothers will have a camp site to meet and greet their audience. A few of the other acts will join them to and take photos if any are requested as well as provide a bit more insight into what goes into their performance. There might even be a pre-show sample at the upcoming night’s entertainment, all free for those who care to arrive early — about the time the doors first open — for the show Friday.
Concessions will be available in part thanks to donations from generous businesses and others throughout the community. All snacks are offered at “affordable prices with family budgets in mind so people can enjoy refreshments without going broke.” For instance candy, popcorn and drinks will be available for about $1 each while a burger, nachos or two hot dogs are $2, and water will be 50 cents.
An auction of donated items, including trip packages from various locations across the state and country, will be available to the top bidder. Trips packages, while not all-expense inclusive do offer tickets, passes or reduced rates to various tourist activities and sites.
The San Antonio trip includes passes for Philips Entertainment, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Dave & Buster’s, Splashtown, Enchanted Springs Ranch and Natural Bridge Caverns. A Fort Worth trip includes admission to Texas Civil War Museum, El Rancho Grande Restaurant, Billy Bob’s Texas, Ft. Worth Zoo, and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The Galveston package includes entrance to Galveston Island Railroad Museum, The Moody Mansion, Ocean Star Drilling Museum and The Lone Star Flight Museum. If someone’s going to Arkansas, there’s a package that includes admission to Mid American Science Museum, to see illusionist and comedian Maxwell Blade perform and to Little Rock Zoo. If you’re going to be in Dallas, there’s a package that includes admission to Speed Zone, Medieval Times and the Dallas Zoo.
“We also have season passes to Splash Kingdom in Canton. There will be ‘stay-cation’ items also. Those will include things such as movie tickets to Starplex Cinemas, local restaurants, passes for other local entertainment such as opreys and Reeds Entertainment, and we’ve received donations from local hotels as well,” Cummings noted.
Texas Ranger John Vance donated a limited edition book about the Texas Rangers that was signed by more than 150 Rangers stationed throughout the state of Texas. There’ll also be four tickets to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in Waco to learn more about the colorful history of these law enforcement officers. There will also be a canopy donated by Tractor Supply. A donation from Fix and Feed, a weekend at Cooper Lake State Park, pairs of greens fees from Sulphur Springs County Club are also among the auction items.
All proceeds from the night will go directly to HCSO D.A.R.E. program for classroom materials such as workbooks, T-shirts, stickers, pins and other incentives for the fifth graders in the six county schools where the program is taught each school year. Last year’s “revue” earned more than $10,000 for D.A.R.E..
At the county schools, the D.A.R.E. curriculum goes beyond the “Just Say No” to alcohol and drugs message, it also covers ways students can deal with peer pressure and the negative effects of bullying, ways to stand up to bullies and why it’s important to do so, positive ways to handle stress and affects if they don’t.
“We realize we will not be able to reach every child, but any positive influence is better than nothing at all. We give them the tools. Every positive will counter a negative influence — and there are a lot of those,” Cummings noted.
D.A.R.E. also helps sponsor Kids Safe Saturday and provided educational materials at other events. Since 2012 the D.A.R.E. program has awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to students in the rural schools the program serves. This year, thanks to donations from sponsors, two $1,000 D.A.R.E. scholarships were awarded for students either going into a branch of law enforcement or education.
“Thank you to our sponsors. This show would not be possible without you. Thank you also to the numerous people who work behind the scense to make the show a success,” he noted.
For more information about the show, including possible chances to win tickets, check out Hopkins County Music and Comedy Revue’s Facebook page. To donate to D.A.R.E. or the show contact Cummings at the sheriff’s office at 903-438-4040.
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