MAYPEARL — It will be a music extravaganza to remember – the Texas Independence Day Celebration and Cowboy Gathering, at Jackson Hole, near Maypearl. The gate will open for campers at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, with the concert to begin at noon, March 7.

“We are expecting people from all over the state to be here for it,” said Mark “The Cobbler” Miller, a former KBEC radio personality for 14 years. “We have an incredible lineup this year with lots of country artists, cowboy poetry and buffalo soldiers.”

Singers lined up for the show include Brian Burns, Mike Blakely, Tommy Alverson, Billy Cate, Fletcher Jowers, Brett Watts and Kevan Banford. Among the western poets set to appear are Charles Williams, Buck the Big Man and Teresa Burleson.

Included in the celebration will be food, vendors, western and Native American gift stores, hayrides, carriage, miniature train and pony rides, petting zoo, horse shoe and washer contests, face painting, antiques, hiking and music.

Miller, who has been involved in music for 25 years, has worked with Jackson Hole owner Scott Jackson on several fundraiser events at the 500-acre spread, located in the rolling hills between Maypearl and Venus.

This particular event will see 10-percent of the profits donated to Relay For Life of Central Ellis County and the American Red Cross.

Jackson has said he’s dedicating his place for fun, adding, “I can’t farm this place, so I’ve just decided to use it for entertainment.”

Jackson Hole is located three miles north of Maypearl off of Farm-to-Market 157. Turn left on Smith Road. The address for Jackson Hole is 458 Smith Road.

The cost is $10 per person at the gate and $10 per campsite.

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