The Rocker B Ranch has built a new amphitheater that offers three tiers and an enlarged general admission area for the annual Buckets and Boots Concert.
The Rocker B Ranch has built a new amphitheater that offers three tiers and an enlarged general admission area for the annual Buckets and Boots Concert. (Mark Engebretson)
The fourth annual Buckets and Boots Benefit bash will be Saturday, July 12, at the Rocker B Ranch Amphitheater, 1125 Chaney Lane, west of Graford.
Gates open at 4 p.m., the event starts at 5:30.
Also of note, Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners approved changing Chaney Lane to a one-way road from 3-9 p.m. the day of the concert. That one-way status will be from Highway 254 to the event entrance.
Lance Byrd, who with others established the Buckets and Boots Foundation following the 2011 fires, owns the Rocker B Ranch where the annual fundraising concerts are held.
This year, a new amphitheater will greet those attending the concert.
“The ranch paid for the amphitheater, not Buckets and Boots,” Byrd began. “This saves Buckets and Boots a tremendous amount of money by not having to rent sky boxes.”
The amphitheater, located in the same area as previous concerts, features three levels. The top level, where sky boxes were placed in years past, is elevated and will require only tents. The next level is for VIP tables and the infield in front of the stage is larger than in the past. The entire amphitheater has been sodded with grass, new fencing put in place and new rest rooms built.
“It’s something the ranch did to make it a more pleasurable experience and a nice, safe, fun experience for everyone,” he said.
The concert production was donated.
“Encore Live is producing the show for free,” he said.

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“They are donating their services.”
Byrd said all the sky boxes and all the VIP tables have been sold.
This year will also feature a Go Vision big screen that will show the up-close concert on the screen.
“I had one complaint last year,” he confessed. “It was about water.
“This year, Chicken Express has donated seven pallets of water that will be given free to anyone who wants one.”
The line up for Saturday’s concert includes Josh Weathers kicking off the concert about 5:30 p.m. He will be followed by Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen and Pat Green before Weathers returns to the stage. The Bellamy Brothers close out the evening’s entertainment.
General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Admission for children 12 and under is free.
All proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire departments from the Palo Pinto County area. 
In its three-year history, the Buckets and Boots Foundation has awarded $466,555 to volunteer fire departments to keep their crews properly equipped.
“This event allows Palo Pinto’s fire departments to meet their goals,” stated Possum Kingdom East VFD Fire Chief Ronnie Ranft. “As a 100-percent volunteer organization, we rely solely on our community to function. We can’t do what we do without the support from Buckets and Boots and for that we are truly grateful,” 
In addition to the evening music line up, fans can enjoy the many vendors that will be at The Grove with food, raffles and prizes.
There will also be a chance to win a new car and more. Raffle tickets will be sold for $30 each. The prize is a new Mustang, Focus, F150 4x4 half-ton crew cab or $20,000 cash — the winner’s choice. Raffle tickets can be purchased at local volunteer fire departments, from the Lake Country Sun or at the concert.
Advance tickets are available at www.bucketsandboots.com or any of the participating ticket outlets listed at the website.