2012 Celebrate Bonita! festival goes country with headliner Tanya Tucker


BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2012) – The 2012 Celebrate Bonita! Festival takes place on March 31 at Riverside Park and the stage is set for a day of musical entertainment, children’s activities and community events. Headlining the entertainment lineup is one of country music’s greatest legends, Grammy-award winning Tanya Tucker.

Also taking the stage will be Casey Weston, the Naples native who achieved stardom when she appeared on NBC’s first season of “The Voice.” The talented musical artist has been writing her own songs since 2006 and recorded her self-titled album in 2009.

Local favorite Jay Frost and 100 Proof has graced the stage at Riverside Park many times. They will perform highlights of their country and Southern rock hits.

Celebrate Bonita! will feature a large kids’ activity area including bounce houses, a fun house, laser tag and much more. Community activities and booths will be set up throughout Riverside Park and the Artists’ Cottages at the Liles Hotel will be open.

For the first time, the City of Bonita Springs Art in Public Places board will sponsor a competitive “street art” project for local student teams who will create art in designated areas as part of a fundraiser for “Art in the Sun Along Old 41.”

A traditional chili and rib backyard cook-off is also included in the day’s events and the winner of the annual “Sammy the Snook” contest will be announced.

The celebration is from 2 to 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in the historic district of Bonita Springs on Old U.S. 41 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Admission to Celebrate Bonita! is free to the entire community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office.

For more information, visit www.cityofbonitasprings.org or call (239) 949-6260.

More about Tanya Tucker
Only 13 when her provocative “Delta Dawn” caused a nationwide stir and became a Top 10 country hit, Tucker has built one of the most successful and compelling careers in music. Considered one of the few females of the “outlaw” country movement, she holds a Grammy award, two Country Music Association awards, Two Academy of Country Music awards, and three CMT Awards. Twenty-three of her albums have landed in the country Top 40 chart since her 1972 debut, and she has amassed 10 #1 country singles, 33 that have reached the Top 5, and 41 in the Top 10.