Last Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, the extreme heat didn’t keep away the faithful music fans of Bradley Turner, Robbie Boothe, Drivin Muzzy, Chris Lane and Parmalee at the 2018 Music Fest. Chris Lane and Parmalee finished the weekend up at the St. Mary’s Fairgrounds Saturday night in Leonardtown.
There was plenty of food from Bailey’s catering and beer to go around from the popular Budweiser tent.
“Overall the event went well,” Rick Mattingly said. “Everyone that I had spoken to mentioned how much fun it was and that they will definitely be returning. Chris Lane and the guys from Parmalee were the most humble, down to earth guys we have had to work with; very fun to hang out with and easy going.”
Mattingly said the numbers were down. “I believe a few factors went into that,” he said. “Other events like that WMZQFest, Hollywood fireworks, and the holiday being in the middle of the week but mostly I believe it was the heat.”
Mattingly said over a third of the pre-sale tickets did not show. “This made us believe that heat was a factor.”
Lane, who entertained the crowd with his popular song, Take Back Home Girl, said he enjoys meeting with the crowd and enjoys St. Mary’s County. “The fans are always great here,” he said. “We’ll be heading to Wisconsin and then Kentucky.”
As far as hosting the event again, Mattingly said it all depends on sponsors and volunteers. “Every year volunteers seem to be an issue.” he said.
Seventh District Optimist Club volunteer Charlie Sasscer maned the table at the entrance; attracting those interested in entering a $3,000.00 drawing. The drawing will be done on Saturday, October 6 at the Blessing of the Fleet.
“It’s been a great weekend, we had more people come out last night [Friday night] but it’s been a great weekend so far. The bands have been great.”
Mattingly said he was thankful for sponsors such as Century 21, Seventh District Optimist, Home 2 Suites, Tidewater Dental, Budweiser, Bailey’s Party Rentals, W. M. Gibson Construction, Winegardner, Hill’s Auto Repair, Inc., United Sites Services, Aviation Systems Technologies, Snap-On; John Laychak Jr., LLC., Triton and Southern Maryland Relief.
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