Lee Greenwood to perform in Barboursville
BARBOURSVILLE -- Lee Greenwood, who is best known for his song "God Bless the USA," will headline a concert at the amphitheater in Barboursville Park as part of the village's 200th birthday celebration.
The announcement was made Friday along with information about other events taking place in the summer and fall months to highlight the Cabell County town's founding on Jan. 14, 1813.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the concert. Councilman Chris Tatum also said they'll unveil the winner of the 200th birthday T-shirt design contest that night.
The park also will host a large fireworks celebration on July 4, along with a concert by the Huntington Symphonic Band. The week of July 8-12, the Tri-State Transit Authority will be giving free trolley rides as part of the historic tour through town.
The pool, which opens next week, will be open to the public for free the last week of July.
The tractor show and festival will be held Aug. 9-11, with a parade on Aug. 10. And, Tatum said they are looking at a larger musical act to play at the fall festival in September.
A new website also went active Friday, www.celebratebville.com, where all the 200th anniversary events will be listed. Tatum said the site will remain active after this year to be used as a community calendar.
The concert, which is being sponsored by Clear Channel Communications, also comes at a time when the longtime singer and songwriter is being celebrated with an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. During his career, he charted seven No. 1 hits, including "Somebody's Gonna Love You," "Going, Going, Gone," "Dixie Road," "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)," "Don't Underestimate My Love For You," "Hearts Aren't Made to Break (They're Made to Love)" and "Mornin' Ride."
The Greenwood concert also coincides with the celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday on June 20, with events taking place throughout the county and state.