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Gypsum Daze ready to ‘bring it on home’

Sarah Mausolf
Gypsum, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Charlie Daniels Band is set to perform during Gypsum Daze on Saturday at Lundgren Amphitheater in Gypsum, Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – Tickets are on sale for Gypsum’s big country music concert, Gypsum Daze.

This year’s lineup includes Southern country-rock group The Charlie Daniels Band. Charlie Daniels is perhaps most famous for his Grammy-award-winning song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Dawn Ritts, special events coordinator for the town of Gypsum, expects The Charlie Daniels Band to draw a diverse crowd.

“They’ve been a Southern rock icon for so long,” she said. “We’re excited to bring them in because we think it’s going to bring such a diverse crowd to Gypsum Daze. The Charlie Daniels Band is known outside the country genre. It crosses into Southern rock and other genres.”

Also on tap is Little Big Town, a quartet known for its four-part harmonies.

“We’re excited about them because they’re up-and-coming country stars,” Ritts said.

The band has been climbing the charts with songs like the 2006 hit “Bring it on Home.”

Now in its 27th year, Gypsum Daze has food, crafts and a popular 5K run and walk. This year the 5K will be held in memory of Gypsum resident Terry Thompson and will benefit Small Champions, an Eagle County charitable foundation that provides programs for children with disabilities.

Along with country music stars, pooches will get their 15 minutes of fame. A dog show on Saturday is new to Gypsum Daze this year. Canine fans can look forward to an ugliest dog category and an owner-dog look-alike contest.

Gypsum officials expect to sell out all 5,000 tickets to the event.

Councilman Tom Edwards said Gypsum Daze is a celebration of the community.

“The town likes to acknowledge its citizens each year and say ‘Hey, thanks for living here. This is for you,'” he said.

What: Gypsum Daze

When: Friday and Saturday; Concert gates open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Show starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Lundgren Amphitheater

Cost: $15 for adults in advance; $20 the day of the event; kids under 12 are free

Tickets: Available at Alpine Bank, Columbine Market and Gypsum town hall

More information:, or call Dawn Ritts at 970-524-1740

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