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Acts Announced for Showdown at Sunset - Thursday, July 11, 2013
Originally published in the El Dorado News-Times on July 11, 2013.

By: David Showers

A pair of country crooners with Top 40 hits will grace the city’s new mobile stage during the next two Showdown at Sunset performances, according to an announcement at Wednesday’s El Dorado Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting.

Main Street El Dorado Executive Director Mark Givens said songwriter turned performer Eric Paslay will perform at the free July 27 Showtime Concert Series that follows the re-enactment of the Parnell-Tucker gunfight. Paslay will be followed Aug. 31 by Tyler Farr.

Paslay co-wrote Jake Owen’s No.1 single "Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” His song "Friday Night” has ascended to the Top 40 of the country charts.

"He’s a big deal in the songwriter world,” Givens said.

Farr’s third single "Redneck Crazy” became his first Top 40 hit earlier this year. Givens said it was a prescient booking, considering the arrangement was made before the song had gained momentum. Since then it has continued to climb the charts.

"("Red Neck Crazy”) has a chance to be a monster hit for a free concert,” he said.

Givens said the summer’s first Showdown at Sunset performance June 29 was well attended. A polling of the audience revealed some had traveled from as far as the Dominican Republic and South America.

Dr. Barbara Jones, South Arkansas Community College President, said the school’s retail incubator is set to open Aug. 1. El Dorado’s Incubator Environment, or Edie’s Village for short, is in need of wares to fill its retail space. She said the store will provide area vendors more visibility for their products.

Jones also introduced the new manager of the El Dorado Conference Center, Barry Bagwell. The former hospital administrator from Ruston, La., was hired last month.

The next issue of the El Dorado Insider’s Guide will be out the first week of August, said Don Hale, president of the Diamond Agency. He hinted that it will feature a music and entertainment theme.<

In other chamber board business:

• The board approved the following new members: Irby Electrical Distributor at 2405 W. Hillsboro St., DaVita South Arkansas Dialysis at 620 W. Grove St., Gilded Possum at 601 Broadway in Smackover, and Wholesale Electric Supply at 800 Strong Highway.

Upcoming events include:

• July 16 — Business After Hours, hosted by Mallard Motors, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 701 E. Main St. The grand prize is a gun safe, with other prizes including gas cards and travel kits. The cost is $5 at the door, and RSVPs are not required.

• July 23 — South Arkansas Networking Luncheon, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Golf and Country Club. Admission is $15, and RSVPs are required by July 22.

• July 27 — Showdown at Sunset from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown El Dorado.

• Aug. 3 — Union County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Conference Center. Admission is $25.

• Aug. 9 — Chamber of Commerce Educators Breakfast, sponsored by Murphy Oil Corp., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Golf and Country Club. Admission is $15, and reservations must be made by noon Aug. 6.

• Aug. 14 — Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Luncheon, sponsored by Clean Harbors, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parkers Chapel school cafeteria. Admission is $15.

• Aug. 17 — South Arkansas Back to School Blast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club. The Fairview Community Development Association will distribute school supplies and backpacks at 8 a.m. There will also be a health and resource fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the TAC House.


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