Cornstalk 97 starts Thursday

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 07/15/97.

Cornstalk Fest í97 is fast approaching. Six country music headliners, and many local entertainers will be in Regal during the three-day event this weekend, July 17, 18 and 19.

ďAdvance ticket sales are down a little,Ē Paula Prill, organizer, said. ďI think the weather can be blamed. In addition with the bar being closed, a lot of people were skeptical Cornstalk would take place.Ē Prill has high hopes for a good concert with a lot of great entertainers.

The gates open at noon tomorrow, July 17. Local bands Raging River and Thunder Canyon will perform at 6 and 8 p.m., and David Lee Murphy will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Among his hits are ďDust on the BottleĒ and ďParty Crowd.Ē

On Friday, July 18, the gates open at 9 a.m. Ty Herndon and Roy Clark will be the headliners. Herndon will take the stage at 6 p.m. with some pyrotechnic affects and Roy Clark is scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m. Among Herndonís hits are ďLiving in the MomentĒ and ďLoved Too Much.Ē His song, ďLoved too Much,Ē reached the number two spot on country music charts. Clark, a country legend and star of "Hee Haw", is also a recent Country Music Association (CMA) Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

On Saturday, July 19, the gates again open at 9 a.m. Tom Wopat, Asleep at the Wheel, and Ronnie Milsap will be performing. Wopat, best known for his ĎLuke Dukeí role on ďThe Dukes of HazardĒ and current star of ďCybilĒ, is an accomplished singer and songwriter and will perform at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Grammy-winning group Asleep at the Wheel will perform. Among their hits are ďRoute 66Ē and ďHot Rod Lincoln.Ē At 9:30 p.m., Ronnie Milsap will take the stage. Three-time named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, among his hits are ďSmoky Mountain Rain,Ē ďAny Day NowĒ and ďIt was Almost Like a Song.Ē

Other bands performing during the three-day event are: KeyStone, Mississippi Drifters, Rawhide and Roses, Dooliní Dalton, and Young Country.

General admission tickets are $30 at the door. Three-day general admission tickets are $70 and the VIP package is $250 until July 16. VIP packages are not available at the gate. This package includes seats in the first four rows, daily meals, free parking, a VIP campsite and VIP tent admission. For more information, call 1-800-479-3662.

Gates open for campers at noon today, July 16.

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