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Carolina Crossroads’ Third Outdoor Concert Draws Over 30,000
Hank Williams Jr. and Gretchen Wilson Biggest Event Yet
Roanoke Rapids, NC (October 5, 2006) - Carolina Crossroads, the new entertainment and retail destination off Interstate 95 in Roanoke Rapids, drew a crowd of more than 30,000 for its third and final outdoor concert of the 2006 season. The September 23 outdoor concert featuring Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson and Canadian group the Road Hammers drew the largest crowd yet for the new venue.
The first Carolina Crossroads event featuring Big & Rich exceeded 24,000. The second, a Christian concert featuring artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day attracted 10,000. All three were part of a series of “Randy Parton and Carolina Crossroads Present” concerts leading up to the 2007 grand opening of the Randy Parton Theater.
“The success of these three concerts is just a sample of what lies ahead for Carolina Crossroads,” said Elizabeth Branham, event director for Carolina Crossroads. “To draw such large crowds and headliner acts in our first year is exciting and just paves the way for an even bigger 2007 season.”
“I think as we see more and more events, people will realize that Roanoke Rapids and Carolina Crossroads have the potential to be one of the best entertainment destinations on the East Coast,” said Randy Parton, managing member of Moonlight Bandit Productions, LLC. “These concerts drew people from hundreds of miles away who are willing to travel to see big name entertainment.”
The concerts benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and its affiliated hospitals, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina’s Children’s Hospital in Greenville and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Durham. Donations raised will directly touch the lives of children through camps for chronically ill pediatric patients and provide support for capital projects, pediatric research, as well as help purchase specialized pediatric equipment such as cardiac monitors. Carolina Crossroads has pledged $1 million to the charity from concert proceeds.
About Carolina Crossroads:
Carolina Crossroads is the East Coast’s newest destination for music, fun and entertainment. Carolina Crossroads is located off Interstate 95 in Roanoke Rapids, NC (Exit 171). The entertainment, tourism and retail destination located between Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC will offer live performance theaters, shopping, hotels, convention and conference facilities, recreation and amusements and numerous dining options. The Randy Parton Theatre, which opens in 2007, will anchor the Carolina Crossroads Music Theatre and Entertainment District and will feature country, pop, beach and gospel music acts. For more information, visit www.carolinacrossroads.com or call (252) 519-2550.