Applause: show support at the festival 2011.06.22

Written by David Green.

Let’s be clear from the start: This is nothing but an appeal for your help. We’re on our knees, begging you, please.

The topic is the entertainment stage at Wakefield Park this weekend during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. Entertainment chair Kent Deatrick has lined up nearly non-stop musical groups and individuals every night of the festival, beginning Thursday. There’s never been this much entertainment at a Morenci festival.

Thinking back to some previous performances, there’s never been anything more embarrassing at the festival than the absence of an audience willing to listen. Soloists, duos and groups have bravely stepped onto the stage to show off their talents—sometimes raw, sometimes well developed—but many times few people have been present to listen.

The entertainers are doing their part; now do yours and give the singers someone to perform in front of. It must be rather disheartening to gaze out from the stage onto nearly empty bleachers.

Starting Thursday at 5 p.m., there’s a lineup of faces you should know or get to know—Jeff Elarton from Morenci, Terrance Reeves from Wauseon, Second Wind Band with several local members, the Randall Sisters from Fayette and now from Morenci, Mouth Sown Shut with Morenci members, Titus County Band from Lenawee County, Cody “HiZe” Long from Morenci. Local groups are among those competing in the Battle of the Bands, also.

Not every band is going to present a flavor of music that’s part of your listening routine, but show some support this weekend. Those on the stage will appreciate your presence.

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