STEUBENVILLE - Tickets still are available for one of the area's most anticipated events - the Stars and Stripes Concert slated for Sunday at Harding Stadium.
The concert, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and WTOV-TV, will feature Mount Pleasant-native Joe Zelek and his band, while the legendary Pittsburgh-based band the Clarks headline the show.
Tickets currently are on sale at Kwik King locations on Main Street in Wintersville, North Seventh Street in Steubenville and Franklin Street and Fourth Street in Toronto; Peoples National Bank branches on East Main Street in Adena, Union Street in Mount Pleasant and Smithfield Street in Dillonvale; online by visiting the chamber website at www.jeffersoncountychamber.com; or in person at the chamber office, 630 Market St., Steubenville.
TICKETS AVAILABLE — Melanie DiCarlo, left, and Mike Zinno stand in line to purchase tickets at the Steubenville Kwik King food store for the Stars and Stripes Concert planned Sunday at Harding Stadium. Tickets still are available for the show, which will feature the Joe Zelek Band and the Clarks.
General admission bleacher tickets cost $15, while field seating tickets cost $20 if purchased in advance. General admission bleacher tickets will cost $20 and field seating tickets will cost $25 if purchased the day of the concert. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the Joe Zelek Band begins at 7 p.m., with the Clarks scheduled at 8:15 p.m.
Sue Hershey, president of the Jefferson County Chamber, said everything's ready for the local event of the year, and tickets are $5 off if purchased in advance.
"The Clarks fan club has been given an allotment of tickets, so we don't know how many of those (have been) sold," said Hershey. "The tickets are less expensive if purchased in advance. We hope people take advantage of that."
Hershey said the concert and related activities that day will go on, rain or shine.
"Everyone tells us the last 72 hours (prior to the concert) are the most critical," Hershey continued, adding she's confident the public will respond. "The show will go on, rain or shine, and so far the weather looks to be good that day. We had beautiful weather last year, and we hope we're going to have the same again this year."
Hershey also said she believes the concert and related events "offer something for everyone."
"The committee has worked very hard to provide something for everyone," she said, adding fun for all ages is guaranteed during the event. "It's also keeping local dollars local, as well as celebrating our nation's birthday."
Other activities during the day include a Family Fun Zone on the Harding Stadium practice facility, sponsored by the Fort Steuben Mall, where local crafters and vendors will be surrounding the venue.
Opening ceremonies begin at noon with city Mayor Domenick Mucci at the Harding practice field, and a car cruise with karaoke and a disc jockey is set from noon to 3 p.m. in Harding School upper parking lot. Inflatables and other games will be in the Harding parking lot, while a beer garden and a local vendor will be in the Kroger grocery store lot.
The concert will be followed by the city's annual fireworks display above Hollywood City Center. The city, Hollywood City Center and TEAM Automotive are again joining to present the grand finale to the day's activities. Besides admission to the concert, all other activities are free and open to the public.
Major event sponsors are Chesapeake Energy, the city of Steubenville, Hollywood City Center, Steubenville City Schools and TEAM Automotive. Other sponsors include WesBanco, the Hollywood Plaza, Choice Brands of Ohio, the Herald-Star, AEP Ohio, Iron City Distributing, Kwik King Food Stores and New York Life.
For tickets and information on the Stars and Stripes concert, go to www.jeffersoncountychamber.com or call (740) 282-6226.