By Brandon Schuman –
The 2011 Turkey Hill Fall Fest started off slow but was rocking by the end.
Many Penn Manor students flocked to the Overlook Community Campus to enjoy a day of free music and fun Saturday.
“I’m not a big country music guy, but it was fun,” said Penn Manor senior Landon Alecxih.
The weather was bitter and rainy but hundreds stuck it out. Bradley Gaskin, a budding star, opened the festivities. He had a hard time getting the crowd’s attention, but that could be attributed to the weather more than the artist.
American Idol alumna Lauren Alaina came on stage after Gaskin. She didn’t seem to capture the audience’s imagination very much. She sang a few original songs but failed to really separate herself.
Randy Houser, a more established artist, finally got the audience into the show. His rousing performance of his hit song Boots On brought the crowd into a frenzy.
“I like that song, it’s very catchy,” said senior Abby Barley. “I sing to it in my car.”
Next up on stage was country duo Steel Magnolia.
There was only one problem.
Joshua Scott Jones, the group’s male stalwart, had just entered drug and alcohol rehabilitation. His female counterpart and fiance, Meghan Linsey, was left to brave the stormy weather on her own. Jones’ voice was notably missed from the stage.
Last but certainly not least, Rodney Atkins took the stage. He immediately got the crowd on his side. His songs echoed throughout the Overlook Community Campus. The number one country song in the world, Take a Back Road, brought the audience to their feet.
“It’s the best song ever,” said Barley.
The day may have been sloppy and rainy, but the music was crisp and clean.