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Promoters hope for 20,000 at Wavestock

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Waveland, Ind., is typical of most small towns in the state. It has a few streets, spread over perhaps a square mile, and a business district, including a restaurant, grocery store, liquor store and hardware store.

It also has a manmade lake, operated by an independent board, where the community is hosting a country music extravaganza called Wavestock on June 5.

The town is located on SR 59, about 28 miles north of Brazil, and has been going through civic renewal in recent years. The backs of some connected buildings downtown had been demolished years ago, leaving the fronts and sides intact. Then, the buildings were restored and a decades-old mural, greeting motorists on SR 59, was preserved. Businesses and residents have moved into the buildings. A new doctor's office was built at the end of the block a few years ago.

Now, the town board is seeking to raise money for new sidewalks, streetlights and playground equipment.

To do so, the board has approved the efforts of "a couple of the girls" to organize a day of music and celebration, said Brenda Jones, one of the organizers.

She hopes Kenny Rogers, Ricky Van Shelton and Sara Evans will attract 20,000 or more fans to the village with less than 1,000 population.

The concert will take place at Lake Waveland, a recreation area with primitive and modern camping. The concert will be in a mowed field south of a building containing restrooms and showers.

At the other end of the campground, at the lake beach, local musicians will perform on a stage in the afternoon.

A poster advertises "festival seating, no coolers or picnic baskets, 'Bring your lawn chairs or blankets', and lots of food and drink vendors".

Organizers are also accepting contributions to build an amphitheater; they hope Wavestock becomes an annual event. A stage is being built for the June 5 concert.

Music is just part of the festivities.

During the day of June 4, organizers have promoted yard sales, a golf outing, and craft vendors displaying their wares. An automobile cruise-in, an opportunity for car buffs to display their rides, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and at Brenda's Kitchen in downtown Waveland. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 on June 5. No charge for children age 10 and under.

Organizers have also established a Web site, Wavestock.com, and an e-mail address: info@wavestock.com. People without e-mail can write for more information to the Town of Waveland, P.O. Box 194, Waveland, IN 47989.

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