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StarNite changes should keep more money in Hopkins County while helping charitable groups

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StarNite is always a big topic of conversation for the Fall Festival Board, and the March meeting was no exception.

The success rate for having Nashville entertainment at our festival has not met with our needs or expectations the past three years. We have paid out many thousands of dollars to bring top-notch entertainment to Hopkins County festivalgoers but have lost a lot of money due to the excessive prices they charge and our low ticket sales.

These acts have to be paid whether people purchase tickets or not. Consequently, no profit was gained from the Keith Anderson concert last year, and more than $24,000 — which was our cost — left Hopkins County. I don’t even want to talk about how many dollars left Hopkins County in 2006 and 2007.

So, for the reasons stated above, we are really excited about the scheduled entertainment this year, because it comes with the opportunity for charity or non-profit organizations to participate in selling concert tickets and receiving a share of ticket sales. We have a win-win situation where all ticket sales will be split between the entertainer, the Fall Festival and the non-profit agencies. With this plan, 2/3 of the proceeds from ticket sales will remain in Hopkins County and benefit two non-profit agencies. The Executive Board met with two agencies this month, giving them information on the entertainment and how the ticket sales program works. We have a commitment from one agency that will be participating in the fund-raiser for their youth programs.

If you have a non-profit agency and want to participate, call any of the following for more information; Ina Gore at 903-885-4262, Cheyenne Smithers 903-438-1605 or Susan Neal at 903-945-2722.

As for this year’s StarNite entertainment, we have two groups coming to us from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“The Big Beats,” which formed in 1957, were the first 50s rock & roll group to sign with Columbia Records and were instant hits on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” They became one of the favorites of their time, touring with many superstars. Today, they are still making music with hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

“The Joshua Experience” is an exciting Christian group made up of a 23-piece orchestra and eight professional singers that minister in magnificent music. Larry Randall, who organized “Joshua,” is internationally known as “The Saxman.” Larry left the exciting world of entertainment for a life of ministry with music and a message of faith, hope and love to one and all.

With the additional space on the grounds this year, there are plenty of great ideas on the table for new events this year. And on that thought, let me say this: Finding events for the fair is not a problem. But having enough volunteers to oversee the planning and to recruit people to man the event is an ongoing concern. If you believe you have a great idea for a Fall Festival event and are willing to work with the Fall Festival Board to make it happen, we invite you to attend a meeting and share your ideas. We will consider any valid or do-able idea. In addition, the Fall Festival Board and volunteers will support and work with you to do everything possible to see that the event is successful.

We are happy to announce there will be a Horse Show this year on Saturday, Sept. 12, which is the first day of the 2009 Fall Festival. Details are still in the works on that event as well as many others, so stay tuned until next month.




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