By Kristen Talerico
Times West Virginian
Bringing Nashville to Fairmont this New Year’s Eve, with the theme of “Boots and Blue Jeans,” Westchester Village invites residents to come out and enjoy a country take to the inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration.
“This will be the largest country music venue in West Virginia on New Year’s Eve, with some of the best talent you are going to find without traveling to Nashville,” said organizer Scott Sears.
Marion County’s own The Marshall Lowry Band will be opening for the headliner Walker McGuire. Alongside these two musical acts, George Shingleton will be making a guest appearance and entertaining guests during the dinner hours.
“George is supportive of this young talent right here in Marion County and is excited to perform at this fun-filled country music extravaganza,” Sears said. “George Shingleton happened to be spending time with his family in Grafton and wanted to come over to the celebration and enjoy the festivities.”
The idea for this Nashville-themed New Year’s Eve came when Sears and Marshall Lowry spent time in Nashville in the middle of November.
“Marshall was cutting a few tracks, and after meeting several prominent people in the music industry, Marshall decided to bring some Nashville flair to Fairmont,” said Sears.
Tickets for “Nashville New Year’s Eve” are $90 for a couple and $50 for an individual. These prices include a dinner buffet from 7-9 p.m., entertainment and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. People are also welcome to come just for the show from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the champagne toast at a price of $25. This event is open to all ages and welcomes families from around the area. A cash bar will be available to those over the age of 21.
With the expected high turnout, Sears suggests “making reservations to ensure getting a better seat, but you can also buy tickets right at the door at a first-come first-serve basis.”
Boots and jeans will be the casual attire for the evening, with merchandise being sold at the venue. Photo sessions and meet and greets are also available throughout the night. It is going to be “an all-around fun night of great food and entertainment,” Sears said.
A free shuttle service is being offered within a five-mile radius of Westchester Village, and local hotel The Inn at Petty John is extending discount prices at a rate of $59 a night to anyone attending the New Year’s Eve celebration.
“With the entertainment being the best in North Central West Virginia, a wonderful food buffet and Nashville theme, what better place to spend your New Year’s than close to home and with great friends and family?” Sears said.
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