Big event planned in Washburn

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The 11th annual Washburn Hootenanny will be held on Main Street in Washburn on Saturday, Aug. 4.

"This will be a great evening for people to come out, relax and enjoy some great entertainment," said Pete Rose, Washburn Chamber of Commerce president. "It's a great time to bring the family out to enjoy some of the tremendous talent we have in our area."

Each year, hundreds of Barry County residents journey to Washburn to enjoy live bluegrass music. This year, in addition to the traditional musical entertainment, the hootenanny will offer local artists an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.

An open microphone session will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. This session is open to any local bands or solo artists interested in performing.

Bluegrass bands will take the stage at 6 p.m. This year's entertainment will include performances by Big Ridge, Shady Grove, State Line and Crazy Mule. Harley Rose will serve as master of ceremonies.

Several other activities have been scheduled for the annual hootenanny event. Prize drawings will be held throughout the afternoon, concessions will be provided on-site and the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first annual business expo event.

" will set up a demo of their wireless Internet services," said Rose. "We will also have displays for Commerce Bank, American Family Insurance, the Seligman Chamber of Commerce, Accents-N-Tents, which is supplying the tent for the event, and several other businesses."

Around 16 businesses have registered for the expo. Business booths will feature information and some free give-away items.

"The expo will feature chamber and non-chamber members," said Rose. "We hope it will help us gain members and entice people take advantage of the businesses available in the community."

Each business participating in the expo will offer a $20 gift prize. These prizes will be distributed to business expo attendees through a series of drawings that will be held each half hour.

"Each person who visits the business expo tent will receive a ticket for the prize drawings," said Rose.

The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce business expo will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 4.

In addition to the free business expo prize drawings, several fundraising drawings will be held during the hootenanny.

Prizes include: a 50/50 cash prize; a $50 cash prize, donated by Opal Roberts; a cedar chest; Branson show tickets; Kansas City Chiefs Football tickets, donated by Freedom Bank; a gift certificate for a pair of Justin Boots; and lighting accessories, donated by Able 2.

Several blocks of Main Street will be roped off for the annual hootenanny celebration. Hotdogs, hamburgers, polish sausages, water and soda will be available during the event.

"Seating will not be provided, so attendees need to remember to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the evening of entertainment," said Rose.

Washburn Hootenanny proceeds will benefit the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washburn Community Center, which supports the needs of low income families in the area. The funds are used to fund the center's maintenance, utility and insurance costs.

The event, which is sponsored by the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce, is free to the public.

For more information, call 826-4008.

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