Kelli Rhine, right, and Summer Flowers dance to the music of Josh Weathers.
Kelli Rhine, right, and Summer Flowers dance to the music of Josh Weathers. (Mark Engebretson)
Organizers of the Buckets and Boots Benefit Concert reported over 5,000 people attended Saturday’s concert.
“We are still finalizing some expenses and tallying up some additional dollars raised, but, overall, we have had the most successful event to date in what we will be able to give back to the VFDs,” reported Dixie Baker with B&B.
Initial estimates this week were that the concert raised somewhere around $300,000.
“It’s incredible,” she added.
The winner of the raffle was Tony Montoya, of PK Lake.
Baker said he indicated he wanted the Ford F150 pickup.
This year, a new amphitheater greeted those attending the concert.
Erin Cramer dances to the music of the Bellamy Brothers. Behind her is Kalli McShane.
Erin Cramer dances to the music of the Bellamy Brothers. Behind her is Kalli McShane. (Mark Engebretson)

“The ranch paid for the amphitheater, not Buckets and Boots,” Lance Byrd, board member of the Buckets and Boots Foundation began. “This saves Buckets and Boots a tremendous amount of money by not having to rent sky boxes.”
The amphitheater features three levels. The top level, where sky boxes were placed in years past, is elevated and required only tents. The next level was for VIP tables and the infield in front of the stage is larger than in the past. The entire amphitheater was sodded with grass, new fencing put in place and new rest rooms built.
In addition, a waterfall on the sponsor level was a favorite gathering place.
The evening was also graced with a “super moon” that was because it was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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Chicken Express donated seven pallets of water that were given free to anyone who wanted one. That location was manned by volunteer firefighters from county departments
Saturday’s concert line-up included Josh Weathers followed by Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen and Pat Green before Weathers returned to the stage. The Bellamy Brothers closed out the evening’s entertainment.

Friends have time to visit at the Buckets and Boots Benefit Concert Saturday.
Friends have time to visit at the Buckets and Boots Benefit Concert Saturday. (Mark Engebretson)