A 12-hour “Backyard Bash” will replace the annual “Blues and Barbecue” summer fundraising event sponsored by the Sedalia Lions Club this Saturday at the Swine Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
The event will feature several local bands — Ruckus, Full Moon, Renegade Rail, and Sweet Shoot — but it will also spotlight McKenzies Mill, from North Carolina.
“This is what used to be the Blues and Barbecue,” said Lions Club Secretary Megan Evans. “We’re going a little more country and local. Except for our headliner all the other people are local. So we’re hoping to draw a little bit more of a local crowd here. The biggest thing is, it’s going to be so different from last year.”
The event will start at noon and last until midnight and there will be a beer garden, barbecue, a bean-bag toss competition and a dunking booth.
“The exciting thing is our headliner, coming from North Carolina,” she added. “They are awesome. They call themselves a red-dirt country, rock (band). They are on the CMA who’s new to watch — the up and coming 2014 groups. And they have just been awesome to work with.”
Evans said Rob Lamm, president of the club, was able to procure the group.
“He’d suggested them because he’s seen them play before,” Evans said. “He really liked them, he said. So it was just a matter of getting in touch with them.”
“This is a new event for us,” Lamm said. “For the last 15 years or so we’ve featured blues or blues and barbecue. We thought we’d change it up. We’re trying to attract a broader audience”
Lamm said the group has a southern rock style and he hopes it will appeal to the 20 to 40 age group and those that love older rock style such as Zack Brown.
“I heard them when they were just playing in hotels when I was at a business meeting,” he said. ” Now they are playing at the National Rodeo Association, and they have won a lot of awards and have played in Las Vegas.”
He said what he liked about the group is that they come from a small North Carolina town and they have a feel for what small towns are about.
Evans said club member and event committee member Ben Jackson was instrumental in getting the local bands to come to the event.
The Sedalia Lions Club helps mostly children who need glasses, have eye problems and need shoes, plus sometimes unspoken needs, Evans said.
“What we’re tagged for is helping the seeing impaired with eyeglasses,” she said. “You know, one of the coolest things we’ve done recently, was there was a little girl who had issues. So we’re getting her fitted with the proper doctors and glasses. But another one of our really helpful programs is the shoe program. At Christmastime we go around to the local elementary schools and work with their social worker. We all take turns taking kids to Penney’s to get new shoes. That’s my favorite.”
She said the group has just recently decided to help with getting new occupational therapy equipment for the Pettis County Early Childhood Co-op.
“We have a soft spot for kids,” she added. “We do a lot for kids.”
She said they help seeing impaired adults and elderly as well.
The Lions Club “Backyard Bash” fundraising event will be hosted rain or shine from noon until midnight Saturday under the roof at the Swine Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the event or in advance at Preuitt Insurance, 622 S. Ohio Ave., Sears in the Thompson Hills Shopping Center and at Re/Max of Sedalia, 1435 Thompson Blvd.