Tuning Up for Food has been held at the fairgrounds for over five years now. It began when the Sandusky County fair board was interested in having live entertainment during the flea markets, and after contacting Billy Lee, the idea was formed to provide these concerts.
The fairgrounds wanted to host the concerts for a good cause, and because of Lee’s involvement with the Sandusky County Food Pantry, they were chosen as the charity.
Want to go?
WHAT: Tuning Up for Food concerts
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, May 11 &12
WHERE: Log Cabin Stage at Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont
COST: Cans of non-perishable food
INFO: 419-332-5604 or visit www.sanduskycountyfair.com/
“[Our concerts] grow a little bit each year” explained Billy Lee, chairman and promoter of Tuning Up for Food.
This weekend will showcase a variety of talent on the log cabin stage. “We will have all types of music from pop, classic rock and country” said Lee. “On Saturday we have a better, local group that recently released a CD last year. On Sunday we will pay a tribute to the mothers and have special gifts for all the moms in the audience.”
Saturday’s concert will host area vocalist and 2012 Fremont’s Got Talent finalist, Samantha Kuns, as well as a performance by Gabriel and The Grove, along with singer Alissa Barnard. Christian Kaser and 2011 Fremont’s Got Talent winner, Lori Willey will be performing on Sunday for the special Mother’s Day concert. Both concerts begin at 1 p.m.
Admission is not a dollar amount, but a can or cans of food, and it is up to you how many you bring. “We have had people bring in 1 to 2 cans or several. I have one guy who goes to one of the discounted food stores and buys cases of food for every event,” said Lee.
Last year over 2000 pounds of food was donated, this year the fair board has a goal of raising 3000 pounds of food for the local pantry. “It’s a great event for a good cause,” said Lee.
Once you provide your donation, you will receive a ticket. This ticket “enters [you] into drawings for coupons and gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, a day pass to our fair, tractor pull or other grandstand events,” said Lee.
Those attending the concerts are invited to bring lawn chairs or other comfortable seating, and encouraged to come early to visit the Flea Market starting at 9 a.m. both days.
For more information or to see the dates of other Log Cabin concerts throughout the summer, visit www.sanduskycountyfair.com or call the fair office at 419-332-5604.