Volunteer Jam to benefit new Mount Airy fire station Local entertainers set to perform


MOUNT AIRRY -- The Carnival Grounds will spring to life this evening when a group of musicians donate their time and talents for the Mount Airy Volunteer Jam to benefit the town's new fire station.

Gates to the carnival grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road will open at 4:30 p.m. The music show, expected to last two to three hours, will begin at 6 p.m.

Members of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company are hoping for a show of support from the community for this evening's music show, said fire company volunteer Gary Hubble.

"All the money is going to the building fund for the firehouse," said Mr. Hubble, co-chairman of the fire company's ways and means committee. "It's going to cost us $1.5 million, and every little bit helps."

The roster of entertainers for the rain-or-shine event includes: Nancy Wiles, Don Barnes and Debbie Williams, Allen Brown, and Mike Kelly and Friends. Many have been featured at area carnivals and dances.

Mr. Kelly, an area resident and musician, originated the idea for the music show to help raise money for the new fire station.

"He came to us," said Mr. Hubble, adding that Mr. Kelly had organized the entertainment.

Tickets for the event will be sold at the gate for $7 per person, said Mr. Hubble. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free. Food and drink will be sold, including pit beef sandwiches, fresh-cut french fries and beer.

The Mount Airy Volunteer Jam has been planned as an outdoor event. but will be moved indoors to the nearby activities building in case of rain, said Mr. Hubble.

Information: (301) 829-2868.

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