VIDEO & PHOTOS -- The "Kickin' It Loose" country concert March 24 featured three bands in a fundraiser for Citizens' Hose Company, Smyrna's volunteer fire company.
After members of Smyrna’s volunteer fire company learned state budget cuts would trim about $27,000 in funds compared to 2017, they needed a big idea to make up the difference.
So instead of a dinner-dance with one band, they organized a country music festival with three bands in hopes of attracting a larger-than-normal crowd.
“This is the first fundraiser of its kind that we have ever undertaken,” said Chris Hudson, Citizens’ Hose Company public information officer and past president.
The "Kickin' It Loose" concert was held Saturday, March 24 at the fire station, 103 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Opening the show was popular Delaware band, The Jones Boys, followed by the John Loring Band coming all the way from Houston, Texas to make their Delaware debut.
Headlining the concert was the Scooter Brown Band from Nashville, Tennessee which recently recorded a song featuring the one and only Charlie Daniels.
The fire hall was divided into sections with seats, a dancing area, and a sponsors area with tables. Drinks were available, and food was on sale by Slower Lower Cue.
Hudson said the fire company is considering a big concert like this annually or even twice a year, in addition to regular fundraisers. The fire hall is also available to rent to the public for wedding receptions, birthday parties and dinners.