Local fire departments to benefit from Saturday cook-off, concert

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug 3, 2007 - Community members are invited to the Civic Center for a little fun, indoor entertainment and some good old fashioned barbecue cooked outdoors Saturday, and it all benefits local volunteer fire departments.

This Saturday evening a benefit BBQ Cook-Off and Concert will be held at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center with all proceeds benefitting local volunteer fire departments.

Members from at least 10 volunteer fire departments in Hopkins County will set up tents or campsites and cook barbecue brisket, chicken, pork and other meats and fixings, paid for out of volunteer firemen’s own pockets. Each department can also submit their barbecue to be judged by State Rep. Mark Homer and the county commissioners. The winner will win the cook-off title.

�A multitude of side dishes� and bread, along with goodies for the bake sale, will also be available. Drinks, as well as bottled water donated by Farmers Electric Co-op, will also be available for sale at the cook-off, according to Craig �Moose� Morgan with Star Country Radio, the �Hot August Nights� coordinator.

The city of Sulphur Springs and Sulphur Springs Law Enforcement Association are the big underwriters, with Hopkins County Commissioners Court also pitching in to ensure the costs associated with hosting the benefit are met. The donations guarantee that every penny goes to the volunteer fire departments present.

Donations of Lowe’s and Wal-Mart gift cards, welding sets, tools and other items also have been given for door prizes.

Also donating their time are a bevy of up-and-coming performers, including Exit 110 from Cumby, Jason Allen of East Texas, Jeff Hobbs & the Jacks of Dallas, Jesse and Noah, and the Michael Klein Band. The various musical acts will be performing at the concert, where Mark Homer will give the opening remarks.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. in the auditorium, with doors opening at about 5:30 p.m. Food will be served from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds. The cost for the concert alone is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 5-10, and free for kids under 5. The cost for the food is $8 for adults, $4 for kids age 5-10, and free to children under 5. Those planning to attend both events can save $3 by purchasing tickets for both the barbecue and concert for $15 and half price for kids 5-10. Tickets are available at Star Country Radio station on Gilmer Street, volunteer fire department members or at the Civic Center. Call 903-885-1546 to make donations.

All proceeds from Hot August Nights will be totaled and divided evenly among the volunteer fire departments present Saturday, according to Morgan.

�At least two of the concert artists currently have songs on the top Texas music charts.

Allen has had three top 10 records and a number one single, according to his web site (www.jasonallenband.net), and is currently on the Texas Music Charts with “It’s Your World” from his Live at Gruene Hall CD. Many will also recognize “Kickapoo Creek,” which has been getting a lot of local air play.

Allen, as of July 27, was at number 14 on the Texas Regional Radio Top 75, while his song "It’s Your World” was number 13 on the Texas Regional Radio Top 50 chart. It was also ranked 18 on the Texas Music Chart.

Jeff Hobbs & The Jacks of Dallas (www.jeffhobbs.com) often cross over music lines with their “eclectic style of rock, country and jam band blues.”

Jesse & Noah also currently have a hit on the Texas music charts. They call themselves “The New Bellamy Brothers,” as they are the sons of David Bellamy, the younger of the country duo The Bellamy Brothers. They are currently promoting the single “Wild and Willin’,” which ranked at number 30 on the Texas Music Chart, 24 on Texas Regional Radio Report’s Top 75 and 21 on TRRR Top 50. For more information about the band, log on to www.jesseandnoah.com.

The Michael Klein Band was formed in late 2000 in South Florida by Klein and drummer Donnie McGoodwin, but moved to Texas in early 2003. MKB’s song “Hope Heaven Has Myspace,”  has been gaining not only radio play and is climbing the charts, but has also taken on a life of its own on the My Space web site. People who have lost loved ones can go online to leave final messages and comments as a final ode “to those that we have loved and lost.” To view and hear the song log on to www.myspace.comhopeheavenhasmyspace. The band is also gaining popularity for “Stayin’ Young (The Crow’s Feet Song)”. For more on the alternative country band, including to hear their music, go to www.mkblive.net

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