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Country artists gather for free concert

Posted: May 2, 2015 - 11:13pm

The Columbia County Exchange Club is putting some of country music’s up-and-comers on stage this weekend.

The Party in the Park is slated for Friday at Evans Towne Center Park.

“It’s a free concert,” said an event organizer Ben Dukes. “It should be fun.”

The line-up features local artists like Ray Fulcher, Tyson Thaxton, Miranda Pokrzywinski, Daniel Johnson and Caleb Aiken as well as Taylor Ray Holbrook, Luke Combs, Pat Cooper, Faren Michaels and the Hintz Brothers.

“Most of them are local,” Dukes said. “Some of them are in Nashville right now.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. The event also features a reverse raffle, where the last number picked wins or an agreement among the few remaining split a cash prize.

Dukes said vendors will be offering food, drinks and beer. Chairs and blankets are welcome, but no coolers will be allowed.

The club has a long history of partnering with area musical talent including Ed Turner & Number 9 for charitable concerts for several years.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Exchange Club, which has put more than $100,000 into the community in the last five years through cash donations to local charitable organizations as well as service projects.

“Our main focus is child abuse prevention,” Dukes said.

IF YOU GO

What: Party in the Park

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Evans Towne Center Park, Evans

Admission: Free

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