Ozark Mountain Daredevils featured at Chingawassa Days

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The Ozark Mountain Daredevils will perform as the featured act at this year’s Chingawassa Days.

The band’s performance will be at 9 p.m., Saturday, June 7.

Gene Winkler, 2003 chair of the Chingawassa Days Steering Committee, said, “This band has a broad appeal because of its rock and country background.”

The three-day festival is June 6, 7 and 9 in Marion’s Central Park

The legendary Ozark Mountain Daredevils formed in 1971 and have toured extensively in all 50 states and throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

Known for their hits “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” which went gold, and “Jackie Blue,” a song that went No. 1 world-wide.

The band mixes Southern rock with a bluesy country for a sound.

Other popular songs include “Walkin’ Down the Road,” “Country Girl” and “You Made it Right.”

The band’s current lineup of musicians enters its 10th year, and features three original members: Steve Cash, harmonica and vocals; Michael “Supe” Granda, bass and vocals; and John Dillon, guitar, fiddle and vocals.

Bill Brown, guitar, and Ron Gemp, drums, round out the band.

The popular Wichita band, Synergy, will open for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. This multi-talented band was featured as the Friday-night entertainment at last year’s Chingawassa Days.

The three-day festival will also feature chain-saw artists, bed races, food court, dunking booth, cow-chip bingo, gunfighters, fast draw demonstrations, anvil shoot, and the River City Spinners Yo-Yo Club from Wichita.

Fun Time Amusements will provide rides and attractions in the park.

Traditional activities include the Marion National Bank barbecue, St. Luke Hospital ice cream social, a karaoke contest, a Friday-night dance featuring the “Soul Preachers,” Marion Kiwanis pancake feed, students from Vicky’s School of Dance, mule rides, boot race/money in the hay, Alex Stuchlik Polka Band, pedal tractor pull, Central National Bank watermelon feed and bingo, miniature-horse demonstrations, chain saw art auction, and a Sunday worship service.

Concert buttons are $20 in advance, and $25 after May 30 and at the gate. The concert buttons are good for admission to the festival the entire weekend.

Non-concert buttons are $5 in advance, and $7 after May 30 and at the gate. Non-concert buttons are good for admission to everything except the main concert.

Buttons are available at Central National Bank at both Marion and Hillsboro, Marion National Bank, Tampa State Bank. Carlson’s Grocery, Marion Pharmacy, G&J Video, Seacat Hardware and the Marion city office, or may be ordered with a credit card by calling toll-free 888-382-0055.

Group discounts are available. For those purchasing 20 concert buttons or more, the concert buttons are $19 each instead of $20 each.

For more information, call the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 620-382-3425.

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