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Music, pageants, and fireworks galore

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 10:00 am




Music, vendors, games, fireworks and more can be found at the inaugural Coal Miners and Veterans Memorial Concert, hosted by Dawson & Co., this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 2.

From the announcement of the Miss Whitwell and Miss Labor Day pageant winners to the country music acts, and the final firework display, this concert is fun for the whole family. It starts at 5pm at the Whitwell High School (WHS) football stadium. Tickets are sold at the gate for $20, cash only, kids under 12 get in for free.

Enjoy a “night of food, fun and great country music” as described on the event Facebook page. Winners of the pageants will be announced near the beginning of the concert, the musical artists will play while families can listen, play games, and shop the local vendors. The evening will conclude with a firework display.

People are encouraged to make sure to bring personal lawn chairs or blankets and to get there early for the many vendors, entertainment, and the best seating. Dozens of local booths and games for the whole family will be available.

All the money that is raised, will go to supporting the community including the Whitwell Heritage and Education fund as well as efforts to construct buildings for Coal Miners and Veterans.

The headliner act is local country music artist Landon Dawson. He will have his own merchandise table at the venue as well as his performance. Acts also include the talents of Chase Baker, Caleb Thomasson, and Camden Smith.

Dawson spoke about this event and his desire to support his community. He said, “It’s special because everybody knows everybody, and everybody treats everybody like their brother or sister. They help them in their time of need.” Dawson grew up, went to high school, graduated from WHS in 2016, and lives in the Whitwell area. He expressed his connection to the community by saying, “This town means a lot to me, growing up I traveled and sang all these other places and nothing quite felt like coming back home.”