Ford hosting bands at 'Hot August Nights' today

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/25/18

Ford of Jasper is sponsoring a free "Hot August Nights" event today, which is scheduled to feature a number of bands in the course of the family-friendly event.The dealership has announced it is …

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Ford hosting bands at 'Hot August Nights' today

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Ford of Jasper is sponsoring a free "Hot August Nights" event today, which is scheduled to feature a number of bands in the course of the family-friendly event.

The dealership has announced it is mounting on the event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today to mark the end of summer and to thank its loyal customers, with the entertainment starting at 10 a.m. as well. 

"It's an appreciation for the community and to let them know we are new here," said general manager Jerry Johnson. "It's not about selling cars. It is about having a blast."

While he said visitors will not be "badgered by sales people," as the focus will be on the family fun, at the same time Johnson hopes the public has a chance to meet him, his sales people and staff while on the premises. 

"It's just to say thanks and have us come meet us and see who we are," said Johnson, who came to work at the dealership in March. The dealership has also undergone some remodeling this year. 

Among the musicians who are expected to perform are Hand Shake Promise, Smashley, Tina Crumpton, Cooter Brown and the Tommy Crowder Band. 

"I am soooooo exited!!!" Crumpton said on Facebook about the event. "Smashley said, "Looking forward to being a part of it!" 

The event, classified as child friendly, will include activities for children, including bouncy houses. Some barbecue vendors are setting up, as well as other food vendors. 

A number of for-profit and non-profit companies will also be allowed to send up on the property as early as Friday night. 

"I don't care if it is non-profit or for-profit. If someone wants to set up and show their wares, or whatever," that is fine with him, he said. "It's free. If anyone is interested in setting up, they have to do it before 9 o'clock Saturday morning." 

"We'll give away free prizes. Everyone will get a raffle ticket when they come in," Johnson said. 

Visitors who are planning to stay to enjoy the performances for any length of time are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the event, Johnson said, although a few picnic tables will be available. 

"The only thing I ask is that people take responsibility for themselves," he said. 

Anyone wanting more information may contact the dealership, which is located at 4100 Highway 78, at 205-384-4400.