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Charlie Daniels coming to Havre de Grace

The devil may have gone down to Georgia, but Charlie Daniels is headed for Havre de Grace.

This weekend, the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival is getting a new addition as the country star is headlining a concert Friday night in Tydings Park.

The Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage at 8:45 p.m. and tickets are still remaining. The VIP and reserved tickets sold out months ago, but 150 lawn tickets, at $35 each, are available.

With the lawn tickets, according to Lori Maslin, organizer of the event, attendees can come early, when the gates open at 6 p.m., lay out blankets ahead of time and then head back into the seafood festival, which will also be running that evening.

The $35 tickets get attendees more than Charlie Daniels, too, with two additional acts taking the stage before him Friday night.

Kicking off the evening is Jeff Foreaker, before The School of Rock takes the stage.

Maslin's husband, Chuck Maslin, said last week they first encountered The School of Rock at the Baltimore Honfest celebration earlier in the summer.

"[They] sounded like one of the good '70s rock and roll bands," he said, adding they are a "high energy" group.

The band is made up of 16- and 17-year-olds, but according to Maslin, you wouldn't be able to tell from their sound.

Tickets can be purchased at the Havre de Grace tourism office, too, Lori Maslin wrote in an e-mail. Tickets could still be purchased online, as of Tuesday morning, but they will not be mailed, rather available at will call.

In years prior, the seafood festival was limited to Saturday and Sunday, but with the concert Friday night, it, too, has been extended.

The festival will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout the seafood festival, there will be 22 hours of free, live entertainment, for those without Charlie Daniels tickets.

These include Drew Stevyns, a finalist on "America's Got Talent," on Friday; Tainted Souls, a "modern and classic rock" band, on Saturday; and Days of Vinyl, playing hits from the '50s to '80s, on Sunday.

And, of course, there's always the seafood.

There are 28 food vendors, Maslin said, serving more than 160 different food items.

"The food vendors have come from as far away as Alabama," he added.

But the most popular food vendor is a local one, Laughing Crab Catering, owned by Lori Maslin. Those lines, Chuck Maslin said, tend to be some of the longest.

A vendor out of Florida, Hammerheads, Maslin added, also brings the alligator cuisine, which is very popular.

The food and the crafters, he reiterated, attract the most people. There are plenty of crafters, and all 120 are selling handmade wares.

The festival doesn't allow any imported items, Maslin said, and all the items must be made by the artists themselves.

These artists include On the Spot Jewelry, which Maslin said is popular, and a newcomer, Lyon Clay Studio.

"This is his first time with us," he said, "and I imagine he will be very popular."

Another big attraction at the seafood festival is the silent auction, which Maslin said will feature a 1960 Madison Mitchell decoy, donated by Vincenti Decoys, as well as a laser cut blue heron out ofSouth Carolina.

There will also be gift certificates and sports memorabilia.

"The local businesses have been very generous in giving us items for the silent auction," Maslin said.

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