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‘Buckets and Boots’ to raise funds for Possum Kingdom First Responders

June 28, 2011 by Randy Keck

Ranch bash, music festival and fundraiser organized by local landowners

Special to The Community News

Country music’s biggest stars will be in Palo Pinto County for the “Buckets & Boots” ranch bash on Saturday, July 9 to benefit local fire departments hit hard by this spring’s devastating wild fires.

The event, featuring Grammy-nominated artist Pat Green, Randy Rogers, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack, Wade Bowen, Bobby Duncan and others (to be announced), will take place at the Rocker B Ranch located at 1125 Chaney Lane in Graford, Texas.

“We’re incredibly excited about the lineup of artists who have committed to this event,” said event spokesman Lance Byrd. “These guys are so busy, and for them to take a Saturday night to play this concert for free is an absolutely amazing gesture. It’s great to see people come together in a time of crisis for the benefit of Texas.”

Organizers of the Buckets and Boots Ranch Bash, the Buckets and Boots Foundation, pledge 100 percent of the event proceeds to the 11 fire departments in Palo Pinto County. In addition, the Buckets and Boots Foundation is providing two complimentary event tickets to each volunteer firefighter.

“Much of Palo Pinto County was devastated despite the valiant efforts of local volunteer firefighters and other first responders. More than 400 structures, including 149 homes and two churches, were destroyed. On top of that, safety services departments depleted their funds fighting the fires and are now in major need of the funds required to maintain critical operations,” said Mr. Byrd.

The majority of the event’s expenses have been covered by local individuals and businesses, including Title Sponsors NRA Country, The Wildcatter Restaurant and KEG 1 Distributors (Coors Light and Miller Light).

General admission tickets are $100 each and are available online at www.bucketsandboots.org or the day of the concert at the on-site box office located near the front gate beginning at 10 a.m. Limited RV parking is available for an additional donation, but also requires individual ticket purchase for the concert. Regular parking is available on the concert grounds beginning at 1 p.m.

Concertgoers may enjoy food and beverages for purchase on the festival grounds. General admission seating is on a grass lawn (no other seating is provided). Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs to be placed in the general admission seating area. No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the festival grounds, but will be sold during the event. The concerts are slated to begin around 5 p.m. and will go until midnight. In addition, a silent auction will take place at 5 p.m. and a live auction will take place at 9 p.m.

The Buckets and Boots Foundation board was formed by local Palo Pinto County property owners, including the Lance Byrd family, the Nancy Richards family, the Craig James family and the Mike Patterson family. The Board will work closely with county officials to direct the funds to the designated local departments.

For tickets, directions, event details and sponsorship information, the public may visit the event website at www.bucketsandboots.org or call 817-984-8532.

Sports Calendar

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

  • AHS 9th A and 9th B at Keller Central 9th grade Tournament, times TBA

  • AHS at Marcus II Invitational, Westlake Park in Hickory Creek, Texas 75065, 7:30 a.m.

Monday, September 22

  • Week of Sept. 22, Aledo Middle School at Burleson Hughes

Tuesday, September 23

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

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