The Marion County Fire Chiefs Association has put together a four-night festival, including three nights of live music and a night with a demolition derby and fireworks, to raise funds to build a countywide training facility.


The Marion County Fire Chiefs Association has put together a four-night festival, including three nights of live music and a night with a demolition derby and fireworks, to raise funds to build a countywide training facility.

Fire Jam 2009 kicks off Wednesday. The concerts and demolition derby will be at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

The concert lineup is:

• Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.: The Greenhorns and Kebo Cyrus, with tickets at $10, or $25 for all three concerts. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

• Thursday at 7 p.m.: Kebo Cyrus and T. Graham Brown, $15.

• Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Kebo Cyrus and Bucky Covington, $20

• Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. with fireworks before the final heat. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids with those 5 and younger admitted for free.

Bucky Covington was in the final eight of the 2006 season of “American Idol.” He then was approached by Sawyer Brown lead singer and producer Mark Miller, who helped land Covington a record deal and the debut of his single, “A Different World.”

T. Graham Brown rose to country stardom with his mix of beach music, old-time rock and roll, blues and country.

Kebo Cyrus, a native of Kentucky, has played with George Clinton and Boosy Collins. He recently signed with Big Dogg Music. He plays classic rock, country and blues.

The Greenhorns, from near McPherson, play a mix of old country, bluegrass classics and “a lot of good ol’ songs you may not have heard since you scratched your daddy’s records,” a news release stated.

“Basically all the cities in the county got together, and we had meetings, and we decided it would benefit us to make a training grounds,” said Steve Rose, president of the fund-raising committee.

The training facility will include oil tank batteries, propane props, car props, a training tower, a live burn training facility and a building for indoor classroom training.

The facility will be available for use by all emergency services departments in the county and will host training events.

“It’s being built for firemen, but it will be open to everyone,” Rose said.

Rose said the project is in its beginning stages so the size of the facility and other particulars aren’t yet determined. He said two locations are being discussed in early talks, one on county land near Marion and the other near Marion Reservoir.

The Marion County Fair Association also is a major sponsor of the event.

For more information about the event, or for tickets, go to marioncountyfirechiefs.com.