About 10,000 attend Dawg Dazzle
HUNTINGTON — By the time Nashville hitmaker Craig Morgan took to the stage at 93.7 the Dawg's annual Dawg Dazzle event Wednesday night at Harris Riverfront Park, Kindred Communications operations manager Reeves Kirtner said he felt like he'd pulled off the ultimate event.
"At 8:30 this morning we had to make a call about whether or not to have the concert on the amphitheater on the riverfront because it was running the risk of being covered in water," said Kirtner. "At 9:30 we decided to move the stage up here, and we've got a great group of people who made it happen."
Fortunately for Kirtner and the thousands of people at the park, the worst of the rain held off long enough for a 10 p.m. fireworks show over the banks of the Ohio River on Wednesday night.
There was no sense of stress among the thousands of attendees at the park, where, in addition to Morgan, West Virginia’s Taylor Made and Julie Reeves performed during Huntington’s biggest Fourth of July celebration.
By concert time, about 10,000 people had made their way to the park, according to city officials.
Veronica Hourdubay, marketing and sales manager for Big Sandy Superstore Arena, attributed the concert attendance to the complimentary tickets which were available at several local locations, including Dutch Miller Hyundai, Chevrolet and Kia, area McDonald’s in Kentucky and West Virginia, and at 93.7 the Dawg’s new studios in the Kindred Capital Building.
Tickets purchased at the gate of the park were just $5.
The deal was too good for Kevin and Terri White of Wheelersburg, Ohio, to pass up. Wednesday’s concert was the second trip to the event for the couple and their son, Casey.
Terri White said she likes to go to as many concerts as she can, and she wasn’t about to miss the opportunity to get such a good deal on such a good concert.
“I like the music here. It’s always good,” said White. “It’s a good place where people can get out and have fun. I’m used to paying $50 and $60 for a concert ticket, and to have something like this that is accessible for everyone is a good deal and it’s a good time.”
Alicia Christian of Wayne also made her second trip to the event with her three children, Wyatt, Lane and Jaycie.
While they stood near the banks of the Ohio River eating frozen treats, Christian said she was glad to have a place she could bring her whole family for a good time.
“It can be hard to find big events where you feel like you can bring your kids and they’ll have a good time with you,” said Christian. “It’s good for the community, and it’s good for the kids to have something big happening near where they live. It’s fun now, and it’s something they can look forward to and keep coming back to.”
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