It’s new, and organizers are hoping for a smashing success.
This weekend will be the first-ever “Bigs Fest” at Athletic Park, a music festival to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harvey County.
“We have had to scramble hard to replace funding just like everyone has,” said Jackie Rice, director of the BB/BS program.
The organization has lost about $16,000 in grant funds this year, while trying to serve more kids by matching them with an adult mentor.
As the organization thought about ways to replace those funds, they started thinking about creating new fund-raisers.
“We brainstormed about what was a new fund-raiser that could replace that revenue, if we could come up with a single fund-raiser to make up the gap,” Rice said.
With bands donating their time and an all-day ticket costing $20, she said Bigs Fest could grow into that kind of a fund-raiser. The fund-raiser will start at 3 p.m. Sautrday in Athletic Park.
“The funding loss is not insurmountable,” Rice said. “But it will take broad public support.”
Bands inked to play for the festival are from the region, and represent a number of different styles of music.
There will be “hardcore country,” classic rock, bluegrass and everything in between. In all there will be eight bands, each playing between 45 minutes and an hour.
“We hope to hold the interst for a lot of different people,” Rice said. “If we continue to do it again next year, we’ll see what people like.”
Advance tickets are available at the Big Brothers office on West Sixth Street, Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance of Newton and Hesston, Heritage Home Furnishings, Carpet Emporium and Hesston Food Market.