Due to various considerations, the festival has been moved around on the calendar.
“When it first started it was like on the 15th of October,” he explained. “Ranch Bash came along and we were competing against it, and we didn’t want to do that. So we moved it to the end of September; that’s when it rained on us. This year we decided to move it to Labor Day.
Johnny Carino used to have one in Stephenville, but he sold his property and that doesn’t happen anymore. So we took the spot, and it works good for the chili cookers too.”
Curry hopes folks will turn out out for the festivities and to help Tri-City EMS, which serves an important role in the communities of southern Palo Pinto County.
“You know, the last few years, every time they turn around they keep taking more money out of that little ambulance service we have there,” Curry said concerning shrinking budgets. “If we had to wait on an ambulance service coming out of Mineral Wells, you might as well just chalk it up or take your chances and drive. That’s what started all of this. That’s the big deal here: we’re trying to raise money for that ambulance service we need.
“And we may start having more benefits, too,” he added. “I built a stage this year, and every year I accumulate more and more stuff so we can put it on cheaper.”
One Texas troubadour contacted by the Index Tuesday seemed stoked about performing at the Mingus venue.
“This will be my third year there,” William Clark Green said. “It’s definitely an experience one will not soon forget! Not likely.”
Green, five years into his music career, is from Flint, Texas, an unincorporated community south of Tyler.