By LIBBY CLUETT
GRAFORD – Organizers for the Buckets and Boots benefit concert slated for July 13 announced today that its “Texas Country legend” performer will be Grammy-nominated hit-maker Pat Green.
Green performed at the first annual B&B concert in 2011, which drew nearly 4,000 people.
Green and a long lineup of performers helped raise funds and awareness for local fire and law enforcement departments that spent countless hours tending to the season’s wildfires. By the end of the year, over 130 fires, including seven major fires, consumed an estimated 200,000 acres in Palo Pinto County (nearly one-seventh of the county). Blazes also destroyed over 200 structures; and the 337 Fire claimed the life of firefighter Caleb Hamm on July 7.
This year’s concert and live auction will again take place at host venue Rocker B Ranch, in Graford, and will raise funds for Palo Pinto County fire departments as well as for the West Fire Department.
The event features several bands and artists, as well as Willie Robertson, star of the hit A&E series ‘Duck Dynasty,’ who will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Gates to the Rocker B Ranch will open at 4:30 p.m. and the Red-Dirt country band Turnpike Troubadors will get the concert started at 6 p.m. The lineup also includes Green and a live auction, followed by Burleson native Casey Donahue and his band, and concludes with Tracy Lawrence.
Costs and location
Parking is $10 at the gate. General admission tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in advance online at bucketsandboots.com, or at the gate. Those interested in VIP packages or tables can contact Chrissy at (817) 984-8532 by Wednesday.
The Rocker B Ranch is located at 1125 Cheney Lane, south of State Highway 254 and about 6 miles southwest of Graford. The ranch is just under 20 miles northwest of Mineral Wells.
The ranch also offers optional overnight RV camping for ticket-holding patrons for a $150 donation to The Buckets and Boots Foundation. This permit will allow for a designated camping or RV parking spot on the ranch grounds. Gates open for RV parking at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and overnight campers must arrive by 6 p.m. Overnight guests will need to vacate the grounds by 11 a.m. on Sunday July 14.
Note that there are no electrical, water or sewer hook ups and campers are asked to keep their area clean and remove all trash and debris upon departure. Individual camping spots will be restricted to 12 overnight guests and each guest must have a ticket to the Buckets and Boots concert. Campers are asked to keep music and noise at a low level and to be respectful of other campers. No grills or open fires will be allowed. Those violating these policies will be asked to leave the ranch grounds by security.
B&B is becoming a local summertime tradition, one that promises top-notch Texas fun and entertainment. And it’s for a couple of good causes: 1) support for local fire departments and 2) your enjoyment! So ... enjoy!