Masters Week festival starts Wednesday in Evans

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Visitors and locals are invited to celebrate Masters Week in Evans with a three-day family and music festival that starts Wednesday, April 10.

Country artist Chris Young will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Evans Towne Center Park during the Columbia County Championship Festival. Tickets cost $35.  JAMES MINCHIN/SPECIAL
JAMES MINCHIN/SPECIAL
Country artist Chris Young will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Evans Towne Center Park during the Columbia County Championship Festival. Tickets cost $35.

The Columbia County Championship Festival includes performances by Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, country artist Chris Young and a day of family-friendly activities at Evans Towne Center Park, said Jim Freudenberg, president and CEO of The Savor Society, which produces the festival.

“Our hope is to grow the event every year,” Freudenberg said. “We hope to expand it, add a few more days and grow this thing so it becomes an annual event.”

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said he’d like to see the festival draw visitors and residents, even those not interested in golf.

“It’d give them a place to go,” Cross said. “We’d like to bring something back that could be a mainstay for years to come.”

The festival starts April 10 with Family Day. Free activities include inflatables, children’s rides, giant slides, rock-climbing walls and a petting zoo from noon to 6 p.m. The Savor Society will sell picnic meals and other concessions will be available.

Freudenberg invites families to bring blankets and enjoy musical entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

“We’re trying to make it a long, special free day that kids and families can enjoy,” Freudenberg said.

The family festival ends with a fireworks display after 8 p.m., followed by Fund the Boom, a private event to raise money for the annual Armed Forces Day Thunder Over Augusta fireworks show.

Fund the Boom, from 8:30-11 p.m., will feature guest speaker Rudy Guiliani and acoustic entertainment from Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies. Tickets cost $100 and are available from Windsor Jewelers or online at www.columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com.

COUNTRY ARTIST Chris Young, with special guest Brent Cobb, will perform at the pavilion Thursday evening. The show benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“He’s a very hot act right now,” Freudenberg said of the Nashville Star winner. “It will be a great show.”

Advance tickets cost $27.50 and can be purchased at the Web site. Tickets cost $35 at the gate.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD will bring its own brand of Southern guitar rock to the Lady A stage Friday at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $40 online or at Kirkland’s Flooring in Evans. Tickets at the gate will cost $55. Military discount tickets cost $34, and children under 12 get in free.

A VIP pass that includes access to the Hooters VIP tent and patio area, a full bar and appetizers is available for an additional $100.

Visit www.columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com or call (317) 334-3000.

THREE-DAY FESTIVAL

WHAT: Family Day
WHEN: Noon to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
WHERE: Evans Towne Center Park
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Chris Young concert
WHEN: Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: Evans Towne Center Park
TICKETS: $27.50 advance, $35 at the gate; www.columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com

WHAT: Lynyrd Skynyrd concert
WHEN: Doors open at 6 p.m., Drake White at 7 p.m., Lynyrd Skynyrd at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 12
WHERE: Evans Towne Center Park
TICKETS: $40, $34 with military discount, $100 for VIP access; children under 12 get in free; tickets available at Kirkland’s Flooring in Evans or www.columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com


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