By LeAnn Dilbeck
The first annual Crystal Music Festival held in Board Camp, Ark. is officially in the books. Attracting top headliners like Diamond Rio and Marshall Tucker, the event also showcased regional and local talent as well.
Promoters of the event, Orville and Cheryl Murphy, delivered on their promise for a family friendly event and it did not go unnoticed. They were commended by the Marshall Tucker Band, who performed last Saturday evening to round out the event, and also Diamond Rio, who performed the first weekend of the event.
Their performance followed a presentation to fallen heroes Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Joel Campora, who was originally from Polk County. Both families were in attendance for the honor.
Bethany, Campora’s 4-year old daughter captured the hearts of Marshall Tucker and enjoyed having her photo made with the band members.
Promoters of the event who have heavily invested in the development of the venue plan to make it an annual event and plan to host more top-notch headliners throughout the year. Believing in the economic impact such events can have on the area, they are not discouraged and know it takes time to build such events. The event drew a larger crowd the second weekend of the event after word quickly spread on the quality of the event. Both headliners of this year’s event were extremely complimentary of the hospitality and the same was echoed by their fans of their humility and friendliness. “We’re just a bunch of ol’ rednecks,” said guitarist Pat Elwood.