The wait is almost over for the highly anticipated Lafayette Lioness Lions Club’s Variety Show Fundraiser, scheduled to make you laugh and sing-along to a variety of Macon County’s most talented performers on Saturday, March 19th, at 6 p.m.For the past 14 years, the event has provided audiences with side-splitting comedy and exciting entertainment and this year, with a roster full of familiar names and local talent, fans of the show are in for another treat.
The 15th Annual Lafayette Lioness Lion Club Variety Show will be held in the Macon County Junior High School Auditorium, with Tim Rush emceeing the evening’s events.
Many memorable acts from years past will take the stage again, joined by a few debuting performers.
This year’s acts include The Darlins, ‘Patsy Cline’, Mystery ‘Elvis’, The McGuire Sisters, The Knock-Off (Clarissa Brawner & Dawn Towns), Uncle Rufus, The Day Dreamers and The Cumberland River Bluegrass Band. Performers in the show will include Keith Ballou, Katie Ballou, Paul Ballou, Mickey Ballou, Roger Cook, Charles Cook, Lashell Spears, Barbara Blankenship & family, Brenda Blankenship, Tim Rush, Stacey Brawner, Carolyn Mandrell, Bobby Brawner, Dale Meador, Chris Phillips, Dortch Carver, Brownie Barton, Stacie Ritchie, Bobbie Nell Brawner, Janet Evetts, Tori West, Benton West, Terry Dillehay, Ethan Blair, Austin Crawford, Jayce Russell and many, many others.
Admission to the event is $6 and tickets can be purchased when doors open at 5 p.m. or in advance at the Citizens Bank Scottsville Rd. Branch. Last year, the show’s reputation generated a sell-out crowd, so those who plan to attend this year, are urged to purchase their tickets in advance.
All proceeds from the show will go directly towards the Lioness Lions Club’s service to the vision and hearing impaired, and the amount will be counted in the Mrs. Hillbilly fundraiser total during Hillbilly Days. A refreshment stand, featuring homemade baked goods, will also be open during the show.
“We are able to host this event every year thanks to the sponsorship of numerous Macon County businesses,” said Lafayette Lioness Club Secretary Monica Gann. “Last year, our club alone was able to purchase 150 pairs of glasses and eight hearing aids because of the community support we’ve received through fundraisers like this one.”
The annual Variety Show is the largest fundraiser hosted by the Lioness Lions Club all year, largely due to show participants, who never cease to entertain the crowd of nearly 600.
“The show is always hilarious,” Gann remarked. “If you want good, clean fun that will leave you laughing all night long and if you enjoy music, this is the right event for you! There are a lot of wonderful, talented people in Macon County and we greatly appreciate them giving their time and energy to us for this event. We couldn’t do it without them.”