Beach wants to bring Alan Jackson on byBeach is demanding Alan Jackson, and its working. The city is in 11th place in the “Demand Alan Jackson” contest to get the country star to perform in August.
By: April Baumgarten, The Dickinson Press
Beach is demanding Alan Jackson, and its working. The city is in 11th place in the “Demand Alan Jackson” contest to get the country star to perform in August.
“For a town of our size it would be a huge honor to have somebody of his stature to come to our community,” Beach City Auditor Kim Nunberg said. “For us to hold an event of that caliber would be huge.”
Nunberg found out about the contest three weeks ago from resident Evelyn Kahnell. Kahnell found the contest on the Internet.
“I called the lady who was in charge of the events and told her about it,” Kahnell said. “We are just a little town. I would like to see him come here.”
Beach Chamber of Commerce President Cory McCaskey said they have sent emails, advertised on the radio, and used Facebook to get people to vote. Beach has received almost 700 votes.
“We thought it would be a unique opportunity for us to have a major act like Alan Jackson in Beach,” McCaskey said. “If possible, we would like to incorporate it with our Spirit of the West event.”
Spirit of the West is an organization started 10 years ago to promote the Home on the Range Rodeo. If Beach were to host the concert, all proceeds would go to the rodeo.
“Any proceeds are given back to help them with their mission of caring for children,” Nunberg said.
Spirit of the West and the Home on the Range Rodeo have done a great job at building public relations, Betty Klym, Beach, said, and Jackson would bring more people to the event.
“If he would come out here, I think we would have an overload of people,” Klym said. “I think it would be phenomenal if he would come.”
“Everybody loves Alan Jackson,” Kahnell said. “I know I do. I think it would put a little bit of cheer of my life and everybody’s here.”
There are rules for the contest. The venue has to meet Jackson’s production needs, and only sell 3,000 tickets can be sold for the concert.
Minot is also in the contest. They are in second with more than 5,000 votes. Kansas City metro area is in first with about 6,500.
“We didn’t go into it with taking on any city,” she said. “Whichever city gets the most votes is great for them. We would love for it to be us.”
The contest ends Oct. 10. McCaskey encourages people to go to www.beachnd.com and click on the link to vote. Voters then enter Beach’s zip code, 58621. Voting is limited to one vote per person.