Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 20, 2014

Preparations underway for Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert

BLUEFIELD — Hundreds of folding seats are in place and last preparations are underway for the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert at Mitchell Stadium.

The gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday, said Erik Robinson, executive director of Second Chance. Musicians at this year’s concert include Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane and Clare Dunn.

Tickets are still available.

“Ticket sales have been wonderful,” he said Thursday at the stadium. “We sold out on Ticket Master and we still have tickets at the local outlets.”

Local outlets include the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce in downtown Bluefield, Paper & More in downtown Bluefield, Va. and all Grant’s Supermarkets locations, Robinson said.

Tickets are also still available at the offices of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and the Princeton Times for $25 each. Proceeds from these ticket sales will be donated to the Little Jimmy Christmas Fund.

Robinson, taking a brief moment outside the stadium, said that putting on a show and festival like Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias takes a “tremendous” amount of work.

“We’ll be doing stuff until we open the doors,” he predicted. “We spread it out this year so we’re not running so ragged. It’s a lot of juggling. There are so many different things to do in an event like this. We’re throwing one heck of a party for the community.”

Saturday’s forecast includes a 60 percent of rain with showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. Up to a tenth or a quarter inch of rain is possible, according to forecasters. There is a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday.

Proceeds from the Second Chance concert will be used to help Second Chance open new offices, Robinson said. The Second Chance Learning Center helps students complete their high school education. Last year, the center helped 52 students either graduate from high school or pass their classes and advance to the next grade level.

Handicap parking will be available in the parking lot’s VIP area, Robinson said. Attendants will point out the spaces.

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