County Jamboree will celebrate 18th anniversary tonight
by Kenda Nelson
Mar 26, 2009 | 595 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eighteen years ago, a small group of residents devised a plan to bring a regular live country music show to Refugio county. Tonight, the County Jamboree will celebrate its anniversary in the place where it all began.

At 7:30 p.m., the 216th show will get underway at the community center.

If one compares prices from almost two decades ago, few things have not increased. The price of gasoline is up, the price of food is up, the price of cable television is up, but the cost of two and one-half hours of toe-tapping, hand-clapping entertainment remains the same—$4.

“Tonight’s show will be a great one,” said Rick Faircloth, band leader and show organizer.

The Jamboree Band members have been taking the stage to perform for decades. Faircloth, who is also the leader of the Whisky River Band, has logged more than 40 years in the music business. Other musicians have equally long-careers in music including keyboard player David Boyd, lead vocalist Aaron Migl, fiddler Don Florus, lead bass guitar player Walter Green, lead guitarist Johnny Mitchell and pedal steel guitar player Gary Carriger.

Tonight’s show will also feature guests Ray Goodwin, Al Nelson, Judy Chessir and Karen Williams.

“Come early and enjoy food and drinks at the food bar,” Faircloth said.

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