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Roy Clark won't appear in 2011 Greene County Foundation Festival show

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Roy Clark at last year's Celebrity Dinner at the Greene County Shrine Club.
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Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark will not appear in Linton this year as part of the Greene County Foundation Festival.

Clark has appeared in 17 shows on stage in Linton as part of the festival, which raises money for college scholarships.

"Roy is not going to be here this year," committee member Kathy Matthews told the Greene County Daily World. "At the current time the committee does not have a plan B."

Clark's cancellation puts the future of the benefit show set for June 4 in jeopardy and local committee members will be gathering Wednesday evening to discuss their options,

"We should know then where we are headed too," she added.

Greene County Foundation Executive Director Cam Trampke said several options will be looked at.

When asked if Clark's decision might cancel the show, Trampke replied, "I think that's probably an option that is on the table. We just need to do some fact-finding here to find out exactly if there are others that might come. I think all of that will be explored."

Trampke acknowledged the show has struggled financially the last couple of years with ticket sales down.

Last year's concert netted just over $1,100.

"It (the show) is just one piece of the whole festival. I think whatever happens with the show is not going to impact on the overall festival," Trampke said. "This is my first year in being intimately involved with the festival. There is a tradition here so I am just kind of following that tradition."

Trampke said it is an obvious disappointment when Clark, the show headliner, is not going to be a part of the festival this year.

"There are a lot of good people who have been involved in this thing (the festival) for years and years and have put a lot of their time and effort into this," Trampke said. Regardless of where we are, it has had a strong following and a great impact. In that regard, we need to thank everybody who has been involved and we'll just see where we go from here."

Richard Kennedy, music director for Roy Clark Productions, told the Greene County Daily World on Tuesday that for Clark and the band members, not being in Linton for the first weekend in June was a disappointment, but is necessary this year.

"Not being in Linton is going to feel like not making it to Thanksgiving dinner to see your family. Roy is going to be doing a "Salute to the Kornfield" TV taping and the logistics of getting the old Hee Haw crew together was a nightmare. Roy had to make a tough choice but this reunion of the Hee Haw cast just wouldn't be complete and probably would halt production if he couldn't be there," Kennedy said.

Kennedy pointed out that Clark still has a very busy tour schedule.

"He hasn't had a personal day off since the first of the year," his band leader stated.

Kennedy added, "Linton is our favorite destination. There is not another event that we do as a group that is more enjoyable for us. Some of the guys may try to make it up there anyway if they are not going to be a part of the taping."

The show and golf tournament -- the major parts of the festival weekend, began in 1969 as the Phil Harris Scholarship Festival and continued after Harris' death as the Greene County Foundation Festival.

Proceeds from the two events over the years have raised thousands of dollars toward college scholarships for county students.

The Clark show alone has helped raise more than $135,000 in endowed scholarship funds since 2003 that have been presented to more than 200 students.

Clark first performed as part of the Harris show in Linton in 1981 and again in 1996. He has returned every year -- except 2005 when he was ill -- to headline the annual benefit show.

Clark was on national scene on "Hee Haw" -- a show he hosted from 1969-1992.

A talented guitarist, fiddle player and banjo player, Clark was named ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1972 and 1973, as well as CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1973.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and has been very busy with an extensive road tour of concerts, according to his band leader Richard Kennedy.

Clark has often commented that one of the key factors that made the annual event in Linton such a success and something the visiting entertainers and golfers enjoy is the Hoosier hospitality they experience.

"They (the people in the Greene County community) really make you feel like you are part of this whole county here and I should say the whole state of Indiana," Clark said after last June's show. "We really appreciate that."

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WOW~ Seems like the end of an era! Strange...

-- Posted by redbird08 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 1:40 PM

Sad to hear. The man is a musical master. Unmatched. He is a dying breed of master musicians. All everyone wants these days is a "show." Fog, lights and giant PA systems to take up the slack for the lack of musicianship. I hope they can continue. If they do continue I bet we get to see the Elvis show..........................Again.......

-- Posted by rockgod on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 2:04 PM

I agree with B-ball fan, Awesome Possum is AMAZING!!!!!

-- Posted by mother_of_2 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 4:10 PM

Thanks Roy for the great entertainment and contributions over the years!

I'm all in for Awesome Possum hillbilly rock! With all the local talent and the many connections throughout the area I'm sure a great show could be put together.

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 5:30 PM

I remember when Phil Harris died - that was supposed to be the end also but Mr Clark stepped up and has continued the tradition from that day.

Okay, so Roy Clark has decided to do a reunion with his Hee Haw production cast. So what? Get another act and as they say "the show must go on".

-- Posted by DominicReynolds on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 6:57 PM

They say that the festival is just 'one part of the whole festival.' I have often wondered what would happen if anything should ever happen to Roy. I guess that I get to find out this year.

Maybe the Greene County Foundation should look elsewhere in putting on their show. The Linton Music Fest puts on one heck of a show every year and manages to appeal to more than one demographic. I have always felt that the Roy Clark Show was put on to appease a certain group of people and ignored the rest. But maybe it is just me.

-- Posted by The Other Side on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 9:43 PM

Ask Willie Nelson

-- Posted by NewberryUSA on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 9:45 PM

The Other Side

Maybe it was because Phil Harris was not a "Headbanger". Songs like "Smoke That Cigarette" and "Watermelon Wine" were songs more receptive to his voice. I would think they were staying closer to Phil's musically roots rather than looking to exclude anyone.

-- Posted by Ex-Pat on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 8:38 AM

@a.palmer jr,

It might not actually kill anyone if the festival were skipped this year, but I am sure the student(s) that were to receive the scholarship money, raised in part by these events, would hurt a little.

-- Posted by jo88 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 8:43 AM

Why not use the local talent this year, there is alot of locals who would make a great show.

-- Posted by DaiseyJ on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 10:48 AM

AWESOME POSSUM PROJECT is the biggest local crowd pleaser I've ever seen...they raised $2500 in one night for boys baseball. All ages get sucked into their energy, but the people who organize the show would never allow them to do the festival because the Possums aren't a bunch of famous has beens that can rub elbows at the Elks and make 'em all feel so self important. Local talent makes the most sense and they deserve a chance, but I've been involved in the show enough to know what goes on behind the scenes. ROY CLARK IS THE BEST and will be hard to replace and will be missed, but nothing could be more than a HEE HAW reunion either! Thanks for everything Roy.

-- Posted by keepinitreal on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 12:03 PM

Maybe they could get John Danner.

-- Posted by shiney on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 1:54 PM

How about music that is good for everyone!

-- Posted by redbird08 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 2:14 PM

Just so everyone knows im very thankfull for everything Phil Harris, and now Roy Clark has done for our community. I do believe times are changing and people want new. I have heard many people say "well i dont go because im tired of the same stuff every year." My parents enjoy the show as well as my grandparents. I personally do not..and i think most people my age would agree. Something needs to be done to attract all ages, not just the old. Linton was lucky enough to get what they did..I wish them luck finding someone to fill Roy and Phils shoes. If it wasnt for Roy being such good friends with Phil, we probably wouldnt even have the scholarship now.

Correct me if im wrong, but didnt Roy Clark help fund for the air conditioning in the high school gym?

-- Posted by StayLogical on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 2:32 PM

I'm looking forward to the Hee Haw Reunion !

-- Posted by cruella on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 4:08 PM

I have seen Roy Clark show and he is great.

However, there are good talent around Linton, that will bring people all over the county to Linton. Green county has some very good talent.

I hope the Festival will be like always.

-- Posted by annj on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 4:39 PM

I was once a recipient of one of the scholarships. VERY THANKFUL!!! Hope they can keep the show going.

-- Posted by Softball Coach on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:47 PM


When 800 people will pay $27 for tickets to see Awesome Possum, please let me know. I'd like to help them promote a regional tour.

Most of the attendees at the Roy Clark show aren't from Greene County which helps bring in outside money for the scholarships.

-- Posted by Cousin Eddie on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 11:47 PM

Has anyone thought to see if a different date is available? Yes, a lot of "out of towners" (including myself) come in for the weekend. We tend to plan ahead for the golf tournament and show, but with advanced notice can change our schedules. I wonder if any of the other acts that have been booked have been notified that Roy will not be there. Has the committee invited previous acts that have expressed their desire to return?

-- Posted by imagolfnutgal on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 8:17 AM

Unless a "major" personality steps up, my guess is, it's pretty much over. I hope I'm wrong.

-- Posted by Ex-Pat on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 8:35 AM

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