For the 12th year in a row, Macon County residents are anxiously awaiting the Lioness Lions Variety Show on Saturday, March 15, where some of their closest friends and neighbors will take the stage to support the organization’s sight and hearing campaign and local tornado victims, who will be given a portion of the night’s profit.
Kicking off at 6 p.m. in the Macon County Jr. High Auditorium, tickets will be sold at the door or can be pre-purchased at the same $6 price at Citizens Bank on Scottsville Rd. or in Room 107 at the Macon County Justice Center.
This year’s show will be hosted by one of last year’s ‘Blues Brothers’, Randy Dillehay, and promises to bring back some old favorites and a few new acts to keep the crowd on its toes.
Included in the lineup will be the Andy Griffith Show Hillbillies; “The Darlins,” featuring Keith, Paul and Katie Ballou, Dale Meador, Chris Phillips and Charles Cook; an “Elvis” act by Eddie “E.O” Blankenship; The Patriotic Group; “The Girls From Company C,” featuring Dawn Towns, Heather Gann, Jennifer Brawner and Debbie Holland; “The Dixie Hicks,” featuring Dawn Towns and Clarissa and Sandy Brawner; “Uncle Rufus”; Tori West and her clogging act; the singing, yodeling cowgirl Miss Cassidy Graves and country singer Chris Farley, a new act in this year’s event.
Also performing will be Tim Rush, Stacy Brawner, Zach West and Carolyn Mandrell.
According to Lioness Lions Variety Show chairperson Gwen Linville, this year’s entertainment will be a combination of the familiar and the unseen.
“We’re very proud of our entertainers. They give their time, talent and practice and continue to add new acts and bring back the old ones. We’re happy with the way things have gone over the years and we know how much people want to see good entertainment in Macon County. Every year is a new year for us, and we have good MC’s and great sponsors who are as excited about the show as we are. The fun takes care of all the hard work we do to put the show together,” she said.
Concessions will also be available during the show and will be serving pizza, barbecue sandwiches, hotdogs, cold drinks, fried pies and other homemade goodies.
According Linville, those who attend the show will be helping the Lions/Lioness Clubs with two worthy causes.
“We wanted to do something to help the tornado victims,” she said. “We’re only set-up to help with sight and hearing but if we have the extra funds we try to help others too. A lot of people want to give to tornado victims in Macon County, but many of them don’t know how. We’ll be giving a portion of what comes in that night to those tornado victims and people in Macon County are so good about coming out and supporting us. We’ll be able to help more with a better turnout.”
Linville urges everyone who plans to attend the variety show to come early, as previous years have produced a full house.
“It’s just really exciting because you get to see people from Macon County that you know get on stage and you didn’t even know they had a talent. They sing, dress up, perform a comical skit . . . I’ve heard people say they would rather come to our show then to go to the Grand Ole’ Opry . . it’s just a lot of clean, family fun,” she said.
Lasting around 2-and-a-half hours, doors will open at 5 p.m. to accommodate the crowd and anyone with faurther questions can call Gwen at 666-2000 or 666-3350.