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Veterans Tribute Show benefits local DAV, features cars, music

May 23, 2014

Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas

May 23--Veterans Tribute Fest to benefit DAV

Memorial Day weekend will see the debut of the first Veterans Tribute Festival, which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center.

The event, which benefits Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41, will include a car show, vendors and an evening concert.

"For the car show, there are 26 different classes we have listed, from lowriders to motorcycles," said Hayley Halverson, one of the organizers of the event.

About 60 vendors will be at the agricultural center for the trade show.

The event will culminate with a concert at 7 p.m. featuring Abby Anderson, Hijackers Hollow and Johnny Cooper.

Wichita Falls'Johnny Cooper, the son of a dance choreographer and nightclub owner, was just 15 years old when he launched his music career. He has sold more than 50,000 albums, starting out as a Texas country/Southern rocker before adding funk and R&B influences to his music. His next offering is "Red Sessions," being supported through, which allows fans to help fund the creation of the album.

Net proceeds from the Veterans Tribute Fest will go to help the local DAV.

"I don't know if a lot of people know what the DAV is all about, but the local DAV goes to (the VA Hospital in) Oklahoma City to pick up and drop off veterans. They're a nonprofit," she said, and she added of the festival, "Veterans deserve a day just for them."

Admission: $15 (free for those younger than 12); $10 at the door for active and retired military.

Information: 249-8496.

'Downton Abbey,' 'Potter' part of show

The Wichita Falls Community Orchestra will present "Fandom Tribute II."

The orchestra's spring concert will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Akin Auditorium on the Midwestern State University campus.

The concert will feature popular music from television and film, including from "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Harry Potter," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The DaVinci Code," "Bolero" and more.

Admission: Free.



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