Red River Valley Fair Kicks Off With Street Naming, Rides, Music, and more!
The Red River Valley Fair 2012 started off with a bang! Held every year in Paris, Texas it is loaded with tasty treats, craft booths, numerous carnival games, thrilling rides, and LIVE music. Gene Watson has traveled all over the planet bringing sonic grace to the country music world with the unmatchable power of his voice. It is when he comes back home to Paris that the magic happens. This year was slated to be a very special celebration. The entire city has been waiting for this moment as our hometown country music legend would be honored with his very own street labeled “GENE WATSON BOULEVARD”. Running right through the Lamar County Fairgrounds from East Hickory to Clement Road, three beautiful street signs were placed carving Gene Watson’s name in RRVF history.
Wade White ignited the country music fire as he opened the show up with his melodic southern charm. Wade White & the Plain Label Band took us all to a time when music meant something. Songs from his latest gospel release entitled “Turn Around” including “Press On” and upcoming hit on Paris Live Open Mic “She’s Walkin’ In” (see video below) inspire peace in your heart and put a smile on your face. The band also wowed the crowd with familiar tunes like “A-11” by Johnny Paycheck, “Miss. Emily’s Picture” by John Conlee, and “A Fire I Can’t Put Out” by George Strait. What a way to kick off an evening of entertainment!
After Wade’s electrifying set, It was time for a truly unforgettable moment. David Millsap & I along with Mayor Hashmi were humbled to present many proclamations including a crowd pleasing speech from Mayor Hashmi naming September 25th to be Gene Watson Day in Paris! Texas Governor Rick Perry, United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and a glass etched silhouette of GW from Have a Blast were among the many keepsakes presented. To top it all off, Kevin Elfite of the Texas State Senate immortalized Gene by naming Sept. 25th to be “Gene Watson Day” of Texas. With a heartfelt and tear-jerking speech from David Millsap expressing his bond that he and his father had deriving from their mutual love of Gene’s music, everyone felt the passion. With flashing cameras all around everyone cheered as we passed the sign off to the man with the crystal voice.
Gene Watson thanked everyone involved and especially David Millsap for these timeless tributes and then put on astonishing vocal-driven display of country music melody. Every seat in the arena was spoken for as GW & the Farewell Party Band blasted out many of the numbers plucked from the 50 albums that Gene has release in his musical journey. Songs like “Paper Rosie, “Climb Higher”, “Fourteen Carat Mind”, and our favorite 1997 masterpiece “Change Her Mind” (see video below) are nostalgic and timeless hits. Mr. Watson & company ended the night with a farewell to his beloved friends, family, and fans as “Farwell Party” had everyone singing along.
To read more about how it all started visit… http://inparistexas.com/articles/david-millsap-interview-in-gene-watson-fan-club-newsletter/
We would like to thank the Red River Valley Fair Association for opening their doors wide for this once in a lifetime event and embracing our idea to honor the man behind the voice, Gene Watson.
Stop by the Gene Watson Fan Page on Facebook, give him a “Like”, and congratulate him! http://www.facebook.com/genewatsonmusic
Want to see what is coming up next at the Red River Valley Fair? Visit… http://inparistexas.com/red-river-valley-fair-info/red-river-valley-fair-schedule/
Video Clip of Wade White & the Plain Label Band… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1kfdreTThc&feature=share
Gene Watson – Change Her Mind Video Clip… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ySEZ8GEY4&feature=share