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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.