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Rockin’ Rotary

Live music for a great cause in St. C.

June 14, 2012
By ERIC AYRES - Times Leader News Editor , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Music will fill the air and fireworks will fill the skies over the Ohio Valley's newest music venue when the Rotary Club of St. Clairsville presents its Rockin' Rotary Music Fest.

The big event will take place on Saturday, June 23 at the St. Clairsville Amphitheater, located at the city's new park near Red Devil Stadium - the former location of the Belmont County Fair.

Music begins at 4 p.m. and continues through dusk, when the season's first fireworks display will ignite the skies over the city park.

A variety of bands will be performing for the event. Smoke Daddy & the Crawfish kick things off at 4 p.m., followed by Dan Jones, Roger Hoard and Friends. Mongo's Barn will take the stage at around 6 p.m., followed by the Sarah Hays Band and Spinning Jenny. Closing the night will be the Rip-Rockers. The lineup offers a wide cross-section of musical styles from local talent, and the event will offer a fun-filled day for people of all ages.

Advance tickets to the event are $10, and admission at the gate will be $15 the day of the festival. Advance tickets are available from members of the St. Clairsville Rotary Club or can be purchased at a number of select St. Clairsville-area businesses, including C.A. House Music, Kirke's Homemade Ice Cream, Convenient Food Mart and the St. Clairsville Recreation Center.

Those in attendance are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and coolers. Beer will be permitted on the premises on a BYOB basis. There will also be food vendors on site during the event.

"This event will be a perfect opportunity to showcase St. Clairsville's beautiful new amphitheater," said Jim Bartsch, president of the Rotary Club of St. Clairsville. "You get to see six great area bands perform while helping to support some important community projects."

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Rotary club's many worthwhile endeavors, including local projects like the St. Clairsville Elementary School Playground improvement project and international projects such as Rotary International's ongoing goal to eradicate polio globally.

St. Clairsville's new amphitheater was recently completed and officially opened to the public with performances just this month. Grant funding and local matching funds were used to construct this new, 2,500-square-foot structure with an band shell that boasts a 45-foot deck with a depth of 45 feet, as well. The amphitheater can host performances of any size and has already had shows take place as part of the St. Clairsville Recreation Department's 2012 Music on the Lawn summer concert series.

Sponsors for the Rockin' Rotary Music Fest include Harvey Goodman Realtor, Sayre Real Estate, Ye Old Alpha, West Texas Road House, Property Maintenance Service, Premier Bank & Trust, Bordas & Bordas Law, Thomas Garage, Kirke's Homemade Ice Cream, Riesbeck's Food Markets, Whiteside Chevrolet & Oldsmobile, St. Clair Cleaners, HLW Homeworks and Beck/Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory.

The event will take place rain or shine.

For more information about the Rockin' Rotary Music Fest or for advance tickets, call (740) 391-1300.

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