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March 19, 2013

Travis Tritt to headline FOC Auto Fair

BECKLEY — So the cold wintery winds have you asking “Help Me Hold On” until summer.

The wait may have just gotten even harder with headliners like Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brothers Band slated to perform at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia’s 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair in July.

Tritt, a country and southern rock musician, has more than 20 years’ recording and touring history with five No. 1 songs on Hot Country charts and 15 additional songs in the top 10 over the years.

The Davisson Brothers Band is a country/rock/bluegrass music group from West Virginia.

YMCA CEO Jay Rist said the Davisson Brothers are gaining in popularity and becoming a crowd favorite at Jamboree in the Hills.

This year’s Saturday night show on July 20 will again feature The Golden Knights Army Parachute Team and surprise guests.

“This is our 10th year. It is hard to believe it has been a decade. The Friends of Coal Auto Fair has been a great fair-festival for southern West Virginia, a great fundraiser for the Y and really shines a light on the coal industry and highlights what they do the for the communities where they operate,” said Rist.

He explained the key to keeping the auto fair a success over the years has been to continue to thinking outside the box by adding more diverse activities each year to continue to draw in people from the community.

Rist said the fair is still in the planning stages, but the public can expect the annual Friday Night Cruise-In in Uptown Beckley in partnership with Beckley Renaissance.

He also said family night will return with movies on the lawn, live entertainment and other surprises.

“The Friends of Coal Auto Show began as a way to sustain the upkeep of the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, but it also supports some of the other programs we offer,” he said. “At the end of the day, the YMCA and community children benefit from the event. We run five after school programs and help provide early education opportunities in the area in addition to swim lessons and youth sports programs.”

Tickets for the July 20 Tritt and Davisson Brothers Band concert go on sale April 1 and are available online at www.friendsofcoalautofair.com or at the YMCA on East Main Street, Beckley.

General admission is $12 in advance, $18 day of show with children 6 and under free.

Reserve front row seating is $37 in advance, $45 day of show. The rest of the reserved seating is $27 in advance, $35 day of show. Children 3 and under with adults in reserved seating are free.

The show begins at 7 p.m.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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