By Pam Robinson
The 2012 Posey County 4-H Fair offers something for everyone, including those who simply want to stop, look and listen as live music plays. Both Wednesday and Friday night, music lovers can expect to hear the best local musicians.
Tomorrow, Military Appreciation Day, sets the stage for area talent. With their military ID, all military personnel will receive free admission to the fair for one evening. After enjoying fair food and fun, military personnel can catch the veterans’ recognition program at 7 p.m., followed by the Dixielanders, at the stage. A small branch of the Wolfgang Orchestra, the Dixielanders are sure to delight everyone with their snappy jazz performance. Non-military personnel pay the usual $5 fair admission fee to enjoy all fair activities free.
Cheryl DeHaven, chairperson for Military Appreciation Day, says the inaugural event is extra special to her, for her father served in World War II. She encourages everyone to come out to the fair this day and show support for military personnel, past and present.
In a special tribute, fairgoers may send an instant message of thanks to troops overseas when they visit the communications booth, Operation Military Kids, in the 4-H Exhibit building. The booth will be available tomorrow only.
At 7 p.m., the veterans’ recognition program begins with a congratulatory address by Gov. Alvin P. Hovey (aka Jerry King). Afterward, veterans may take the stage to make a statement about their military service. Special recognition is planned for the oldest men and women present from each branch of the military. After the Dixielanders play, veterans will be honored with a release of helium balloons.
“It’s to give back to the military because without them, we wouldn’t have what we have. More than anything, that’s what it’s all about,” DeHaven comments. “Many times, we overlook our veterans, so we thought, ‘Let’s have a veterans’ recognition. Let’s show them that we care.’”
On Friday, July 13, the fourth annual Homemade Jam Music Fest will bring to the stage two local bands—The ReCliners, featuring Karen Andry from Griffin, Ind., and The Tunestones, featuring New Harmony’s Mickey Grimm and Kurt Muntzer of Blairsville.
“We want to celebrate our local musicians. Homemade Jam gives us a chance to hear our friends and neighbors making music,” event organizer Bishop Mumford comments. “Anyone can pop in an MP3, but this event promotes making music rather than consuming it.” He added that nothing compares for music lovers with the experience of live music.
Mumford encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair to the hillside at 7:30 p.m. for the two-hour show, one hour for each band, split by an intermission. The show is free with payment of the $5 fair admission.
Griffin’s Karen Andry, lead vocalist for The ReCliners, says she’s enjoyed music all her life (like her musical parents)and grew up with it in Griffin Christian Church . When she was 10 or 11 years old, her mother bought her a baritone ukulele (most are tenor) that plays like a guitar. The purchase suited Andry, for she bought her first guitar as a senior in high school.
The ReCliners perform classical country music—“the traditional old country you don’t hear on the radio anymore,” Andry says. Their set includes Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash hits.
In contrast, the Tunestones perform such rootsy country music as the songs of Glen Campbell and Zac Brown in addition to classic rock. “It’s a nice mix,” comments Tunestones’ drummer Mickey Grimm.
Certainly, the audience will want to be prepared before chanting, “Drum roll, please!” in Grimm’s presence. He is known for the world’s longest drum roll by an individual—5 hours, 20 minutes—that earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. His record-setting drum roll was witnessed on October 24, 2009, at the New Harmony Coffee House and raised money to restore the old town clock.
Grimm has played professionally all over the world, but playing at the Posey County 4-H Fair is especially meaningful to him.
“It’s exciting to me,” he says. “I’m thrilled to be asked to play this year. It’s great to see live music still has good venues here.”
By Pam Robinson
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