News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 21, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- You've heard it before: Someone complaining there's nothing to do around town -- but that's about to change in Columbia County.
The Evans Towne Center Park has a lot of events scheduled throughout the spring and summer. From country and rock music to symphony and blue grass, there really is something for everyone.
Holly Hall and her son, Liam, love the new park.
"There's been no other place like this in our area so I'm very excited about it," Hall said.
And they love that the calendar is filling up with concerts and events. Commissioners just approved the money to help front the cost of getting some big names here.
Lady Antebellum dedicated the park last October, and now the acts are pouring in after them.
"The park is catching on; it's the focal point of Columbia County and we've got quite a lineup of concerts from now all the way through November," said Barry Smith, director of Community and Leisure Services.
April is country month. Masters week will be ParTee at the Park on April 5, featuring Little Big Town and Josh Kelley, who's performing for the first time on the stage that bears his name.
Then, there's Kicks 99's "Hooked on Country" with Craig Morgan on April 27.
"Any big-name country people -- we would jump at the chance to come up here and see that concert," Hall said.
May has a mix with rock bands Seether and Chevelle coming on May 3, POPS Under the Stars with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta on May 12 and the third annual Banjo-B-Que on March 25 and 26.
"This year we're going to have 65 teams and they'll be the top teams in the nation," explained Christy Beckham, marketing manager for hosts A.B. Beverage Company.
It's the first year the barbecue and bluegrass festival will be in Evans, making the move from North Augusta.
"We're thinking if we move over here we'll have more community involvement, a lot more families. If anything, it's going to make it prettier ... because the whole park is beautiful," Beckham said.
Banjo-B-Que is a tribute event to the company's late owner, who died of cancer. It draws crowds from all over the country and is a Kansas City Barbeque Society event.
June and July are filling up fast, too, with performances by Rick Springfield on June 8 and Beach Music featuring the Tams, Swinging Medalions and the Drifters on July 13.
"We're having a lot of varied events here for all tastes and all ages," Smith said.
This really is only the beginning; another seven or eight acts are in negotiations, including a season-ending concert in October, they promise will be big.
And it's not just live music. There's a boat and RV show there this weekend, dog events and a giant Easter egg hunt coming up, too.
To get your tickets, you can visit the park's website here.
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