WORTHINGTON - The 14th annual Gone Country showcase next Saturday at Memorial Auditorium will “pay special tribute to our country,” according to co-producer Cindy Elsing.
The show will include a presentation of flags by the local color guard, a performance of the national anthem to open the show and a few patriotic songs throughout the set.
Elsing said each year, Gone Country features “the best of the best” local talent, including a band, singers and comedy.
Some are big acts that have performed in Nashville and with names like Chris Haggard. Gone Country is scheduled around the performers’ availability between their other gigs.
Elsing said in the five or six years that she has been co-producing the show, she has tried to do something new each time, in addition to inviting perennial favorites to return. New this year is a group of dancers.
“The band is fabulous,” Elsing said. The six members include a fiddler and steel guitarist.
Singers will range in age from 12 to 81.
“It’s amazing to see how many young people from our community like to sing and like country music,” Elsing noted.
Of the singers, there will be several duets and even a quartet. Performances will cover a wide range of both old and new country music.
“Every year, (the show) gets better and better - which makes it more fun,” Elsing said. “When you have talent like this, it makes it easy for us (to produce).”
Gone Country is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Auditorium. The funds help promote and attract shows to Worthington.
“It’s a show for anybody and everybody,” Elsing added. The acts will be family-friendly and offer enough variety that everyone will find something to love.
Saturday’s shows will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the auditorium. There is a discount for purchasing tickets in advance either online or at the box office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
“I hope to see it sold out,” Elsing said. “Come to the show. You won’t regret it.”