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Dixie Music Center is to observe the 21-year milestone of serving the Tri-County Area with its annual music festival and celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, which has run 11 years in a row, starts at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up at about 5 p.m. The event is free.
This festival typically draws hundreds of attendees – not just from the Tri-County Area, but from all over North and Central Florida. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs, or they may sit on the grass under the oaks.
Entertainers appearing at this year’s show include local C&W favorite, Steel Bridge; a return visit by an original Americana/Country act from Hudson, the Donny Simonds Band; classic Southern Bluegrass by the Big Cypress Bluegrass group; the inspirational Gospel group, Homeward Bound; one of the area’s newer quartets playing a mix of Classic and Southern Rock, the Steel Rodeo Band; singer/songwriter, Houston Keene; and host band, Dotti South and the Slackers. There may also be some special surprise guests that will be making appearances.
As with the last several years, the local U.S Marine Corps League will be grilling burgers and such, the Dixie County Historical Society will offer bottled water and surprise treats, and the Dixie County band will have soft drinks and bagged snacks available. All proceeds will benefit each group’s local efforts.
Manufacturer representatives are again expected to be on hand, and there will be drawings for prizes donated by the store’s suppliers – including an Ibanez electric guitar donated by Hoshino representative Ben Powell; and a Fender Squier electric guitar donated by Fender Musical Instrument Corp’s Don Gaddy. Other high-value instruments are expected for the drawings as well. Store suppliers Ernie Ball Strings, D’Addario and Co, Dean Markley Strings and Horizon have also contributed – and that list is expected to grow. There is no cost to enter for the prize drawings, but there are conditions, such as being present to win. The store will also offer limited edition commemorative T-shirts that are always a big hit.
Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 S.E 19 Highway in Old Town, FL (across from the weigh station) and is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner of Old Town. Their store opened in October of 1991. For further information please call (352) 542-3001, or ‘like’ the store on Facebook to receive event updates as they occur.