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Gypsum Daze brings famed country duo Big & Rich to town

GYPSUM — It will be a big time in Gypsum this weekend — make that a Big & Rich time — when the country duo takes center stage for the event's signature concert on July 18.

Big & Rich will headline this year's main event for Gypsum Daze with special guest Jana Kramer.

"They are a great, crossover Americana band," noted Gypsum Special Events Coordinator Krista DeHerrera. "They are definitely a country band, but they have a rock feel and they do an amazing military salute during their performance that fits great with this year's Gypsum Daze theme."

Best known for their hit song "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy," country superstars Big & Rich are Big Kenny and John Rich. The duo is celebrating 10 years of hit music and five studio albums. In addition to being songwriters, producers and musicians, Big & Rich has a roster of collaborations and hits produced or penned for various artists including Jason Aldean, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Merle Haggard, Bon Jovi, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Keith Anderson, Hank Williams Jr., John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Tim McGraw, Ky-Mani Marley and Cowboy Troy.

Opening for Big & Rich is Jana Kramer. Kramer found her way to country music after pursuing an acting career and she appeared in a host of television shows, including parts in "Friday Night Lights," "90210" and "Entourage," before she landed the recurring role of Alex in the CW's "One Tree Hill." She parlayed the exposure on "One Tree Hill" into the start of a country music singing career, and her first four singles — "Why Ya Wanna," "I Won't Give Up" and "Whiskey," and 2012's "What I Love About Your Love," all broke and were featured on the series soundtrack. A debut album, simply titled "Jana Kramer" appeared from Warner Bros. in the spring of 2012.

"Jana is a recording artist that appeals to a younger crowd and together with Big & Rich, it's a golden combination," said DeHerrera.

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Here's a rundown on other events planned during Gypsum Daze.

FRIDAY, July 17

2 p.m. — Fishing Derby at Gypsum Ponds. The Colorado Department of Wildlife, town of Gypsum, Impact Ministries and ECO Transit offer fishing fun for all ages. Park along the shooting range road and hop onto the ECO bus for a ride toward the ponds. The DOW stocks the pond with thousands of rainbow trout. Impact Ministries youth will help the younger fishermen with baiting, casting and untangling. The last shuttle pick up will be at 4 p.m.

4 p.m. — Kiddie Playland at Town Hall Park opens. Free activities through Saturday for kids including bounce castles, an obstacle course, a water slide, petting zoo and more.

6 p.m. — Youth Talent Show at Lundgren Theater. Space is limited to the first 10 applications in age categories from ages 4 to 18 years. Registrations accepted at Gypsum Town Hall until Thursday, July 16, at 3 p.m. No on-site registration accepted. Questions regarding rules and regulations may be directed to Stephanie Roybal at Stephanie@townofgypsum.com or Valorie Nelson at Valorie@townofgypsum.com.

SATURDAY, July 18

7:30 a.m. — Classic Car Show at Town Hall Park. Gypsum Creek Cruisers Car Show is open to all classic cars, pickups, off road vehicles, antiques, street rods, muscle cars, racers and toys. Registration is $20 per vehicle and $10 for each additional entry. The awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.townofgypsum.com or contact Steve Carver at 970-989-0470.

8 a.m. — 5k Run looping along Lundgren Blvd. and Valley Road. Run proceeds will go to the Caring for Kailyn Forsberg Fund. Registration and more information at http://www.townofgypsum.com.

10 a.m. — Parade down Valley Road. This year's theme is United We Can, Together We Stand: A Salute to those who Serve.

Noon — Family Shooting Sports at Eagle Valley Rod & Gun Club range. Free event for all ages. Participants will be allowed to fire small-bore rifles, pistols, shotguns and air guns under the supervision of experienced shooters from the club. Along with furnishing the firearms and ammunition, the club will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks.

2 p.m. — Jalapeno Eating Contest at Town Hall Park. Contestants will have three minutes to consume as many jalapenos as possible.

If you go …

What: Big & Rich headline Gypsum Daze with special guest Jana Kramer.

Where: Gypsum.

When: Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Cost: Presale tickets cost $15 and are available on line, at Gypsum Town Hall, at Alpine Bank in Eagle and Gypsum and at Bella’s Market in Gypsum. Tickets cost $25 one the day of the show.

More information: Visit http://www.townofgypsum.com.