Independence Day Celebration
Let's paint the town red, white, and blue and rock the 4th of July like never before! Our amazing sponsors, MID-AMERICA BANK, CASEY SIMONEAU KELLER WILLIAMS, and FARM BUREAU FINANCIAL SERVICE-KELLY NEUFELD, are bringing you the ultimate celebration at the Baldwin City Golf Course on Saturday, July 6th.
Get ready for a night filled with live music, delicious food from food trucks, and a kid’s zone for the little ones. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the party starts at 5:00 pm, with the amazing local band, Big Time Grain Company, followed by Arkansas' female vocalist of the year Mae Estes. Plus, we have a special surprise in store for our headliner this year, so be sure to tune in on Friday, April 12th for the announcement.
Don't let this event pass you by! Join us at the Baldwin City Golf Course for an Independence Day celebration that'll make your heart swell with pride and don't forget we're wrapping up the night with a BANG - a grand finale fireworks show at 10:00 pm. Let's do this, America! Hope to see you there!
FYI: There will be a $10 charge per car to park at the golf course. There will be free shuttles running from the Intermediate Center (100 Bullpup Dr.) and the Primary Center (500 Lawrence St.) from 4:30pm to approximately midnight, or until all have been picked up. Signage will mark exactly where drop off and pick up will occur in each school parking lot and at the golf course. We recommend you arrive early to the course as we are expecting a large crowd on the 1st. See below maps for parking as well as shuttle routes.
Since as early as we can remember, guitars, banjo, mandolins, fiddles and more have been part of our lives. Every holiday meal was followed by a hoedown style jam session. We were so fortunate to grow up on a farm with parents that taught us about solid work ethic and taking care of what needed taken care of. More than that, our inventor dad modeled creativity and always using that creativity to find a bigger, better way.
With dad’s invention of the Bourquin Weedpuller, we went from hoeing weeds in bean fields to traveling all over the U.S. in a motor home while dad would demonstrate that machine. We had new friends to play with, new territories to explore and new lakes to fish every week. However, we only had three 8 tracks that were never ending but were some of the first influences we had. The big one that got worn out the most was John Denver. Dad loves John Denver.
We both got serious about our instruments around mid/high school. Bret the bass and Chad the guitar. Ever since that day, we have gotten to play together thru church, acoustic shows and a rock band called LipRiddle, but nothing has ever felt like home quite like it has when we started playing together in Big Time Grain Company. Our influences, tastes and experiences have all led to this moment at exactly the right time.
There is something magical that happens when brother’s get together and create music. We are constantly writing, recording, rehearsing and doing it bigger and better just like our dad modeled. We are completely grateful for all this project has brought to our lives. We are also thankful for the many friends and fans walking along side us in our Big Time adventure.
In 1999, 7-year-old Mae Estes walked into the middle of a southwest Arkansas rodeo show arena with a cordless microphone and sang the national anthem a cappella for the first time, claiming she could do it better than the LeAnn Rimes recorded version the venue typically played. Mae went on to perform at every rodeo she competed in, as well as other sporting events, nearby hayrides and opries.
“I wasn’t very good,” she acknowledges now, “but I loved how connected I felt with the crowd. I felt a fullness like no other and have been chasing those small moments ever since. Music has always seemed to be where I feel bravest.” It must be in the blood. “A few generations back, my family had a bluegrass band, but that was before I came along,” Mae says. “Then my mom loved country music and instilled that same love in me.
”Mae had already performed shows stateside in Arkansas, California, Oregon, Washington, Florida,Illinois and Tennessee before Covid hit. “I’m so excited for more live, full-band shows this year. My main goal right now is to get my music in the hands of as many country music fans as possible.” In May of 2022, Mae’s release “Thinkin’ Bout Cheatin’’” exclusively premiered with The Boot, where they described it as “traditional country perfection that transports listeners back in time when the genre’s pioneering women like Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, Lynn, and Wynette told their plain-spoken truth over rootsy instrumentation brought to life by Nashville A-team session players.” A week later, CMT exclusively premiered the first music video of Mae’s career, describing her as “a country newcomer playing a vital role in reshaping the genre with her truthful and non-surface-level storytelling.
”Awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Arkansas Country Music Awards,Mae is the first artist to accomplish such in the history of the Awards. She looks forward to touring her debut EP, “Before the Record”, and recently reached her ultimate goal by debuting at the Grand Ole Opry on March 4, 2023.