Rydell cancels appearance, Ben E. King to perform at Blue Ridge Fest

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Organizers of Blue Ridge Fest announced this week that featured entertainer Bobby Rydell has canceled his appearance due to health problems. Well-known performer, Ben E. King, has been booked for the evening. King is known for a number of hits including “Stand By Me,” “There Goes My Baby,” and his Latin-tinged ballad, “Spanish Harlem.” An award winning R&B musician, he is a great entertainer and is expected to put on a memorable show.

Blue Ridge President and CEO acknowledged that, “Ben E King is someone we’ve considered for this event in the past, but we were never able to make it happen; so we are excited that this last-minute arrangement could be made.” With the addition of Ben E. King to a line-up that includes Jimmy Clanton and Jim Quick and Coastline, Blue Ridge Fest is headed for another blockbuster night.

Blue Ridge Fest will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative outdoor facility at 734 W. Main Street in Pickens. The 15-year-old employee sponsored event has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities. Combining a classic car show with great entertainment, food and family fun, Blue Ridge Fest is Great Times for Great Causes.

Tickets are available in advance or at the gate. Prices are adults $15 in advance, 20$ at the gate, Children 6-12, $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. For more information, call 800-240-3400 or visit www.blueridgefest.com.