The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 21, 2007

$25,000 in prizes and cash to be given away at concert

Great country music is on tap for concert-goers Saturday evening at the 2007 Friends of Coal Auto Fair. The Army’s crack parachute team, The Golden Knights, will thrill the crowd with their precision landings. Stellar fireworks will light the night sky as the last strains of music drift away on the summer evening air.

Think you couldn’t ask for more of concert night at the auto fair? Think again.

Jim Gilchrist, CEO of the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA, the organizer and beneficiary of the auto fair, says concert-goers are in for much, much more.

“We’ll have about $25,000 in gifts to give away Saturday night,” Gilchrist said, including $3,500 in cash.

The cash will be distributed in $250 increments sprinkled among other drawings for a 2002 Ford Escort (courtesy of Ramey’s), an Arctic Cat 400 four-wheel-drive ATV (courtesy of United Cycle), dinners at The Char with former football coaches Don Nehlen of West Virginia University and Bob Pruett of Marshall and a day of fishing with Jeremy Starks of the BassMaster Elite Series.

Plenty of Friends of Coal memorabilia, including hats and umbrellas, will be given away, as well.

To be eligible for any of the prizes, all you have to do is attend the concert, featuring nationally acclaimed country band Lonestar and local favorite Taylor Made. Simply fill out completely and legibly the card attached to your concert ticket and turn it in as you enter the gate Saturday night.

A good number of tickets remain for the festival style seating event. Concert-goers with the special VIP armbands will have the seats closest to the stage. After that seats are first-come, first-served, but there should be plenty to go around. Gilchrist says 5,000 additional seats have been added this year. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chair and find a spot to plant it if you choose.

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