By TRAVIS MORSE email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON – Attendance at the Horse Creek Country Music Fest has continued to grow over the years, making organizers optimistic about the success of this year’s event.
The annual music festival, now in its ninth year, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Bill May’s house on North Lorraine Lane in Farrington Township.
Last year’s event drew more than 200 people and raised about $5,000 for charity. The hope is this year’s concert will generate even more revenue. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and Farrington Grade School
“The crowd gets bigger and bigger every year,” said co-organizer Tracy Stone. “This year, we had people asking for fliers before we had them made.”
Performing at the Sept. 7 festival will be the Beaucoup Bottom Band with special guest Tyson Conner, and Shayla Richardson. Both acts are local bands, Stone said.
And while these bands often play bars and other adult venues, the music fest gives local families the chance to see them play.
“The event is for all the family,” said co-organizer Billie Jo Prosise. “You can sit around the fire and listen to music. It’s good homemade food and it’s to benefit a good cause.”
Stone and Prosise are sisters and their whole family helps in putting on the music fest.
The event started as a way to provide a local forum for quality country music while also raising money for charity.
The first year of the festival, organizers hoped to raise money to fund the event and to help a hurricane relief effort. The festival, however, only broke even that year.
Word of the event continued to spread, though, and attendance rose each year.
Stone and Prosise decided to start donating proceeds to Relay for Life after their uncle passed away from cancer about five years ago.
“Everybody has a loss of someone with cancer,” Prosise said.
The concert itself is held on a stage built in a field. There is also a concrete pad for dancing and fire pits to provide light and warmth during the show.
“Everybody gets to socialize. It’s nice to get everyone together,” Prosise said.
Tickets for the Sept. 7 festival are on sale now. They cost $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Concessions will also be sold at the festival.
In addition to music, the event will also feature a raffle, a 50/50 drawing, and a silent auction. Audience members should bring their own chairs.
For more information on the music fest, call Prosise at 237-3241, Stone at 231-5949, or visit the event’s Facebook page.