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Mason Country Music Fest - May 23rd
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009

Hill Country’s Rising Star Contest

The second annual Mason Country Music Fest is set for May 23rd during Memorial Day Weekend. Last year the festival was scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, but due to bad weather it was rescheduled and held in October. The event has been moved to Memorial Day Weekend due to conflicts with other regional activities.

The Music Fest is presented by KNEL Radio featuring a concert and dance by Mack Abernathy with special guests Casey Kelley and Kenny Zink. The show will be held at the City Park Dance Slab from 6:00 pm - 12 midnight. Tickets are $10.00 each and kids 10 years & under will be admitted free. Tickets are now for sale at the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. You may bring your own cooler to the dance but glass is prohibited.

China Springs native, singer/songwriter Mack Abernathy went full time into the country music business in 1987 after taking a buy out from the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1989, he released his first album, “Different Situations” gaining him two billboard chart songs - “Different Situations” and “Slippin’ Around”. Abernathy entertains with a natural “good ol’ boy” style that he puts into his music and performances with the creation of a Texas beat that cowboys, lawyers, and even bikers have tapped their feet to.

Jessie Abernathy, Mack’s wife, was recently in Mason to organize the event. An addition to the event this year is the “Hill Country’s Rising Star” contest (formerly promoted as the “Battle of the Bands“). A $500 first place prize will go to the winning band, vocalist, singer/songwriter, etc. You do not have to have a band to compete. There will not be a judging panel for the contest. Each person buying a concert ticket will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite performance. If you would like to participate, please drop a CD of your music by the Chamber of Commerce no later than May 15th (date extended). A committee will be listening to the CD’s to ensure they belong in a country music venue. Anyone is welcome to participate…you do not need to be a professional performer! You may also mail your CD to the Mason Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 156, Mason, TX 76856.

Mack & Jessie already produce several concerts throughout the state. After doing some research they selected Mason as an additional area to include in their productions. Their goal for us is to build the Music Fest into a weekend-long event of entertainment. (If you didn’t get a chance to see their stage setup last year, it’s a MUST SEE!) We are very fortunate to have such a top-notch venue in Mason County!

We are also looking for someone/organization to provide drink vendor services for the event. The only requirements are that you provide sodas & water for sale and you must make drinks available for the entire night. No alcoholic beverages may be sold. You or your organization may keep all the proceeds from the drink sales.

Sponsorships are the means to any successful event and we need assistance to cover costs and promote event exposure. Also this year we are donating a portion of the ticket sales to Bluebonnet C.A.S.A. The following sponsorship packages are available:

$350 Package:

Extensive signage of stage & venue area (you supply the signs or banners)

Company name/logo on posters

Company name mention on radio ads

15 free tickets for giveaways

$250 Package:

Company name/logo on posters

Company name mention on radio ads

10 free tickets for giveaways

$100 Package:

Company name/logo on posters

5 free tickets for giveaways

The Deadline to Have Your Name Included on Posters is MAY 5th.

Please contact the Mason Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in sponsorship, to enter the “Hill Country’s Rising Star” contest, or if you’re interested in the drink vendor opportunity. You may call the Chamber of Commerce at 325-347-5758 or send an email to MasonTexas@verizon.net. The Chamber office is located at 108 Ft. McKavitt, next to Willow Creek Café on the Mason Square.

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