The 24th annual Country in the Park is Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.
PINELLAS PARK – American country music singer Mark Chesnutt headlines the 24th annual Country in the Park Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.
Admission is free.
The city of Pinellas Park’s annual festival and trade show will feature musical performances by Mark Chesnutt, a nationally-known artist, as well as local musicians. There will be an arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show, trade show, tree and plant sale and children’s activities.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring a lawn chair and enjoy the live entertainment. Coolers will not be permitted. For information, call 541-0895.
Musical entertainment will kick off at 10 a.m. and will continue through 10 p.m. In addition to Chesnutt, the lineup will include performances by Rodeo Rhythm Kings, Clemons Road, Tailspin and Mountain Memories Bluegrass. Pinellas Park Recreation will offer arts and crafts projects made from recycled materials between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Carnival rides and games will be open throughout the day. Girls Incorporated Crafts in the Park will showcase a variety of handcrafted arts and crafts items.
Following is an entertainment schedule for Country in the Park:
• Rodeo Rhythm Kings – 10 to 10:45 a.m.
• Clemons Road – 11 to 11:45 a.m.
• Opening ceremony – Noon to 12:20 p.m.
• K-9 demo – 12:20 to 1:45 p.m.
• Rodeo Rhythm Kings – 1 to 1:45 p.m.
• Clemons Road – 2 to 2:45 p.m.
• Tailspin – 3 to 3:45 p.m.
• Mountain Memories Bluegrass – 4 to 4:45 p.m.
• Tailspin – 5 to 5:45 p.m.
• Mountain Memories Bluegrass – 4 to 6:45 p.m.
• Mark Chesnutt – 8 to 9 p.m.
Carrying the torch in the footsteps of George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Chesnutt plays nearly 100 dates a year.
He has four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles and 23 Top 10 singles to his name. His trademarked voice has shaped the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music generation.
His career in music began shortly after he dropped out of high school. He began playing clubs in Southeast Texas with his father. At 17, he made his first pilgrimage to Nashville to begin recording. While nurturing a growing fanbase in Texas, he released a string of singles that eventually appeared on the 1988 album “Doing My Country Thing.”
In 1990, Chesnutt signed with MCA Records and released his first major-label album “Too Cold at Home.” The LP produced five Top 10 country hits, including the title track as well as the No. 1 hit “Brother Jukebox,” “Blame It on Texas,” “Your Love Is a Miracle” and “Broken Promise Land.”
According to the biography on his website, Chesnutt’s fans helped his records to climb the charts one after the other, making him one of Billboard’s Ten Most-Played Radio Artists of the ’90s.
“Outlaw,” released in 2010, is Chesnutt’s most recent studio album – the 14th of his career. Of all the recorded highlights Chesnutt has enjoyed, they take a back seat to his first love. Chesnutt lives to perform on stage.
“I just make records because I want people to come see my show,” he says on his website. “Recording music for folks to just listen to music is great, but I’ve got to be out there on stage making it.”
Word has it that fans who have seen him perform agree.
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce will host a trade show during the event, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beneath two festival tents.
The chamber will showcase the wares and services of its members as well as some of the area’s nonprofit organizations. Presenters will use the exhibit to sell products and services, take orders, hand out samples and gifts, provide information and to meet those attending Country in the Park.
Tree and plant sale
The city of Pinellas Park will partner with Nina Harris School to sell trees and plants during Country in the Park.
The city donates bare-root tree seedlings, small bushes and flower plants. The school’s agriculture division plants and nurtures the flora.
Tree sales will be handled in the Community Development tent. The Building Development Division will be selling trees and plants for $3 each. Proceeds will benefit the school’s agriculture class.
Reading in the park
The Pinellas Park Public Library will celebrate reading by offering a community children’s book giveaway during Country in the Park.
Each child who visits the library and recreation services tent at the festival between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be invited to select one book to take home, while supplies last.
Suncoast Mustang Club
The Suncoast Mustang Club will present its 27th annual Mustang-Shelby-Ford Show during Country in the Park.
The show will feature Mustang, Shelby, Shelby Cobra, Ford, Mercury, Lincoln or Ford powered cars and trucks – whether in show condition or still a work in progress. All show vehicles must be Ford powered. Only preregistered cars will be judged. Proceeds from the show are donated to local charities.