Good Times for a Good Cause
by Gary Hanner
Jun 22, 2011 | 1871 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 2,000 people attended the second annual Odenville Music Festival Saturday. People of all ages enjoyed great music in the event headlined by Confederate Railroad. The festival was held to raise money for Cops For Tots and disaster relief. More than $9,000 was raised.
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In only its second year, the Odenville Music Festival was four times bigger than the inaugural one last year. And no one is happier than Odenville Police Chief Adam Pardue.

“I think it turned out great,” Pardue said. “Our goal was for everyone to have a good time and raise money for a good cause. We accomplished both.”

Pardue estimates that more than 2,000 people attended. He said the event cleared $9,000.

Trese Mashburn, event coordinator for the music festival, said she is overwhelmed and happy about this year’s event.

“This has been better than I could have ever imagined just in our second year,” Mashburn said. “It was a phenomenal turnout, and we had so many vendors.”

Mashburn said the event was for a good cause.

“It’s for the Cops For Tots program in Odenville that helps less fortunate children at Christmas,” Mashburn said. “This year, part of the proceeds goes for storm relief. The money we raised today is going to help a lot of people. There was a lot of hard work that went into this. There was so much planning by so many people and everyone worked so hard.”

After having about 15 or so booths last year, this year’s music festival featured 43 booths and a variety of music acts, headlined by Confederate Railroad.

“They are as good today as they were the day I graduated high school,” Pardue said. “They were awesome and provided some spectacular entertainment. People were up dancing and really enjoyed their music.”

Also appearing were Jacob & Aaron, G2:20, David Johnsey, 4th and One, and 2 Daze Gone.

Also at this year’s music festival was the Texaco Country Music Showdown. It featured eight local artists vying for a shot at the state competition. When the eight contestants had performed and all had been judged, Birmingham’s Channing Coker was the winner.

Pardue said it generally takes anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 to help needy children at Christmas time. He wants to take the money left over to Shoal Creek Valley and help those in need after the April 27 tornadoes.

“I’m just going to get in my car one day and ride over there,” he said. “I’m going to find someone who did not have any insurance and help them.”

When asked if a music festival would be held next year, Pardue said by what people have told him about how good it was and by how much money was raised, it would be very likely.

“All in all, it was worth all the hard work for the kids and the storm victims,” Pardue said.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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