Preparations are complete for the 11th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert at the historic Kings Prairie school and community center on Saturday.
Concessions will be available for dinner at 5 p.m. The music will start at 6 p.m. and run for about three hours.
Ermal and Paula Cravens Williamson, who come from the God and Country Theater , will offer part of their "John Wayne and America's Yodeling Sweetheart Show." Ermal recreated the voice, mannerisms and memories of the film actor. Paula Williamson has a long career as a yodeling Western music performer. She includes a salute to Dale Evans.
Branson performer Lisa Layne, who presents "Forever Yours, Patsy Cline" at the God and Country Theatre, will present many of the timeless songs made popular by Cline as well as classic country songs from the 1960s and 1970s. Layne is one of three women sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Foundation to portray Cline.
A rousing dose of upbeat bluegrass music will be presented by the six-member Last Resort bluegrass band.
Master of ceremonies Al Brumley Jr. will offer some of the music of his father, gospel music legend Albert E. Brumley, including the well-loved "I'll Fly Away."
The menu from the concession stand has changed this year. Event coordinator Louella Helmkamp said this year the staff will serve hamburgers, baked beans, cole slaw, hot dogs and nachos. Forty homemade pies will be sold by the slice for dessert. Drinks are also available.
Handicapped parking will be available near the concert area. Additional parking will be to the west of the school. Burton and Sons will be providing golf carts to bring concert goers to the grounds. Monett Rural Fire Association volunteers provide assistance.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to continue to work maintaining and upgrading the community center building. A new well has been dug after 10 years of planning, and construction on new bathrooms is the next project.
The Kings Prairie Community Center is located south of Highway 60, three miles east of Monett, on Highway Z one mile, then west on Farm Road 2015, across from the New Liberty Church.
For more information about the concert, call Helmkamp at 417-235-3870.