Sawyer Brown will headline Summer Bash

By Geoff Lee

February 25, 2016 9:26 AM

Construction progress continue on the $4.7 million Paradise HIll Community Centre. Amercian country band Sawyer Brown will headline the Summer Bash facility fundraiser on Aug. 6

The first sign of summer has leapfrogged over the first sign of spring.
The feat came with Nashville Tennessee-based country band Sawyer Brown being named to headline this year’s Summer Bash at Paradise Hill on Aug. 6.
This will be the 8th annual Summer Bash, which is expected to net more than $100,000 in profit toward the cost of the $4.7 million Paradise Hill Community Centre.
“We are very excited to have Sawyer Brown,” said Neil Macnab director of PHCC.
“They’re going to bring some quality entertainment to Paradise Hill that’s for sure.”
Sawyer Brown has achieved numerous milestones, releasing 20 albums, three gold albums, with three No. 1 singles and are five time recipients of Vocal Band of the Year.
Last year, the Academy of Country Music and Grammy award winning band Diamond Rio took to the stage at Summer Bash.
“We do try to bring in some bands with some good history behind them and Sawyer Brown definitely meets that bill,” said Mcnab.
Additional weekend events include a slo-pitch ball tournament and a Friday night cabaret, featuring “Hey Romeo” out of Edmonton.
“We feel we’ve got a great entertainer there in Hey Romeo,” said Mcnab.
“They’ve done some work in the area before and that will help to increase the popularity of the Friday night event.”
Macnab said organizers hope to sell the usual allotment of 1,200 tickets that will go on sale June 13 at Paradise Hill Ranch & Western Wear.
Tickets will likely be priced at 65 each as they were last year to keep it affordable.
“I think we’re going to maintain that ticket price again this year,” said Mcnab.
Summer Bash is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the PHCC, with construction on target for a July completion after a sod turning last July.
“Right now, the building is fully enclosed with the concrete poured and now we’ve got plumbers, electricians and steel stud contractors in there putting up the walls,” said Mcnab.
He noted there’s about 20 people a day working inside the facility.
“Hopefully, we’ll have it done by midsummer.”
The 19,000 sq. ft. centre is attached to the school allowing shared use between the school and the community.
“As soon as the facility is open it will be available to the public to rent.,” said Mcnab.
“We’ll be opening up the daycare as soon as we can be able to rent the full facility for all of the different uses the community.”
McNab said about $2.5 million has been raised to date for PHCC with the next fundraising being a community auction on April 23 with more details to come.
“We’ve got everything from household items to farming items to personal items,” said Mcnab.
There is also a bighorn sheep hunt in the Rocky Mountain up for auction.

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