Benefit event for Fort Scott park is Saturday

FORT SCOTT — Ropin’ and Rockin’ for Pennies for the Park is Saturday. The all-day event combining a rodeo competition and a concert from popular country rocker Jason Aldean is at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds in Fort Scott.
Atlanta Braves baseball player and Fort Scott native Adam LaRoche created the event as a way to charitably give back to his hometown. Monies raised from the event go to the Fort Scott Youth Activities (YAT) project, Pennies For the Park.
The project is a major renovation of Ellis Park in Fort Scott. Plans are to develop and expand the park to provide for a family oriented venue for local youth.
Ropin’ and Rockin’ for Pennies for the Park festivities begin with a United States Team Roping Championship affiliate competition at 9:30 a.m. Entry books open at 8:30 and close at 9.
Entry fee is $100 per roper and participants, who must have current USTRC 2009 memberships, may enter three times.
Prizes will include saddles and buckles to average winners. Cattle furnished by C-S Cattle Company. 
The highlight of the day’s activities is a concert by multi-million selling country music recording artist Aldean. The concert is at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
General admission tickets are $25 for advance purchases and $35 at the gate Saturday.
“Wide Open,” Aldean’s third album, was certified Gold after only 10 weeks selling over a half a million copies. “She’s Country,” the first single, stayed in the #1 spot for two weeks. Opening for Aldean is Kevin Weldon, country music recording artist.
“We’re looking forward to beginning the day with an exciting roping competition and to have Jason and his band come out in the evening for a terrific concert,” said LaRoche, who along with his family live in Fort Scott in off-season.
“Having a great park for kids of all ages and interests is something everyone in the community can enjoy.”