Traffic to be redirected for event
Palo Pinto County Commissioners recently authorized the redirection of traffic for the sixth annual Buckets and Boots Music Festival/Fundraiser that will take place Saturday, July 9, at the Rocker B Ranch, 1125 Chaney Lane.
“The only entry for the concert will be from Farm-to-Market Road 4, as you are heading south going to Palo Pinto; and the only exit will be via Chaney Laney to Highway 254, the same as last year,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Louis Ragle.
This year the Buckets and Boots Concert will feature Wade Bowen, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jack Ingram and Jerry Jeff Walker. Adult tickets cost $25 and kids 12 and under are free. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and show time will begin at 6 p.m.
The Buckets and Boots Foundation, a group of local property owners, put together a grassroots effort to raise funds to repair and upgrade firefighting equipment after a series of massive wildfires burned out of control in Palo Pinto and Young Counties in April of 2011.
During these devastating fires, more than 150,000 acres were destroyed and more than 200 homes were burned to the ground. The response to the fires put a financial strain on the local volunteer fire departments. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire departments of Palo Pinto County, including Graford, PK East, PK West, Brazos, Gordon, Palo Pinto, Lake Palo Pinto, Lone Camp, Mineral Wells, Santo and Strawn.
In 2012, the Lake Country Sun reported that proceeds from the inaugural event netted over $450,000.
To date, the Buckets and Boots Foundation has given out more than $638 thousand in grants allowing each department to update its fire equipment and purchase the proper safety and protective gear and brush firefighter equipment it needs. The foundation also gave $10,000 to assist with relief efforts after the fertilizer plant explosion devastated the volunteer fire department in the small town of West, Texas, in 2013. It reported that the Emergency Relief Fund account currently has around $100,000 that can be spent if a situation quickly arises.
What started as an act of rejuvenation to help replenish the needs of local firefighters has since become a celebration of those dedicated volunteers who put their lives on the line fighting disasters and saving others from destruction and devastation.
“This event has made a huge impact on our local volunteer fire departments,” said PK East VFD Fire Chief Ronnie Ranft. “It allows Palo Pinto County’s fire departments to meet its goal. As a 100-percent volunteer organization, we rely solely on our community to function. We can’t do what we do without the support from ‘Buckets and Boots’ and for that we are truly grateful.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bucketsandboots.com.