Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:40
Keeping the fun alive at the annual Chingawassa Days in Marion is a primary goal for organizers and, this year, is shaping up to be no different.
The headliner act on Saturday, June 8, is FireHouse, an American hard-rock band from the early 1990s, according to Lisa Vondenkamp, committee secretary.
“We have a signed contract with the group,” she said, but as of press time, Friday night’s band was undisclosed.
“What we are aiming for is a country band on Friday,” Vondenkamp said.
Chris Meierhoff, who has been on the committee for eight years, said his brother-in-law, Todd Carter of El?Dorado, saw FireHouse a couple of times in concert.
“That is where I came up with the idea of approaching the committee about seeing if they would be a band we were open to,” he said.
In the past, Meierhoff said, the genre has been country, rock or country rock.
“We have had a lot of the 1970s with 38 Special and others in the 1960s, but this band is more in the late 1980s and early 1990s,” he said.
It was because of this different era that Meierhoff said he suggested presenting FireHouse to the rest of the committee.
Some of the group’s signature ballads included “Love of a Lifetime,” “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” I Live My Life for You,” and “Don’t Treat Me Bad.”
Vondenkamp said the committee hasn’t finalized everything that will be available at Chingawassa Days, but many old favorites and some new activities are being discussed.
“We really didn’t know how the Tug of War would go over last year,” she said, “but it ended up being huge.”
In fact, she said, it was hard to get the crowds away from the Tug of War to do other activities.
“We are hoping that will come back,” she said.
In the next month, Vondenkamp said they will have a better idea of the activities returning and the new ones.
“The committee has a great idea for Friday night,” she said, “and it should be fun.”
Without giving away too much, she said the activity is based on a game show.
Meierhoff said the committee looks at ways to bring neighbors together for a weekend of celebration.
“We try to have something for all (with entertainment), but there are some things some folks don’t like and if we have a hard rock show Saturday, then maybe we will appeal to another group Friday and vice versa,” he said.
In addition to Vondenkamp and Meierhoff, other committee members include Mike Powers, chairman; Jandee Moore, vice-chair; Jessie Nickel, treasurer; and members Dave Crofoot, Darla Gore, Misty Hett, Clayton Garnica, Danny Sherbert, Christian Pedersen, Davey Hett and Margo Yates.