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As a change-up from the usual classic rock, oldies or jazz music, for the first time in the event’s eight years, Hardin Leadership II’s Concert on the Green on Saturday evening will feature country music with the band Polly Mae headlining the concert.
Located on the fourth hole at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course in Kenton, gates open at 4 p.m. with the music beginning at 6 p.m.
According to Hardin Leadership II member Brad Wingfield, Polly Mae played at the 2012 CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. Being such a prominent band, Wingfield hopes it will attract some new concert-goers.
“I think we are going to have some new people come this year just because it is Polly Mae playing,” he said. “They’re a well-known band on the country side of things.”
The idea to have Polly Mae play at the concert was discovered through social media, Wingfield said. Shortly after his posting, he received a response suggesting the band.
“I put a thing out to social media looking for a band that would fit a certain criteria, and I got a response within a few hours. I contacted them, and that’s actually why we got moved back a week, just to get everybody lined up,” Wingfield said. “Normally the concert is the first weekend in August, and that’s our goal next year, to get back to the first week in August as well.”
Fellow Hardin Leadership II members Kathy Oliver and Laura Wingfield said that not just country music fans, but anyone can enjoy the live music.
“I think just in general, with live music, everybody loves to go to a concert and hear really good music, it doesn’t matter what it is,” Laura said.
Oliver added, “I think anybody can enjoy music from a different genre.”
Kids are encouraged to enjoy the music and activities as well. Like past concerts, there will be several games and activities for the children. All kids 12 and under are admitted free.
“It’ll definitely be a kid-friendly environment,” Laura said. “We want them to be there, have a great time and be a part of the concert.”
Available for everyone at the concert will be several food vendors, including pizza from Jimmy’s Pizza in Kenton.
“Without our sponsors, this event would not be possible,” Laura said.
A food truck will also be on hand, and the golf course will selling beverages, so no coolers are allowed.
The gates will open at 4 p.m., right at the end of the Kenton Block Watch kickoff party.
“That’s why we decided to move our opening gate time to 4, to accommodate the people that are leaving the block watch,” Brad said. “People are more than welcome to walk right on over and bring the family.”
Parking will be on the east side of Boy Scout Lake. Tickets are $5 apiece and available at the gate. The music will begin at 6 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. Nice weather for Saturday’s event is expected.
“I hate to jinx it, but it’s really supposed to be a nice day – like 79 degrees for a high and sunny,” Oliver said.
By TY THAXTON
Times staff writer