Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo to attend 2nd Annual Charity Concert & Trail Ride

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo will join thousands of country music fans and ATV enthusiasts in Crocketsville, Ky. on August 22 and 23 when music and dirt come together for a good cause.

The Second Annual Halfway to Hazard Charity Concert and Trail Ride to support Buckhorn Children’s Center incorporates ATV trail riding adventure and sizzling top name country music in a family-oriented event that drew over 7,000 participants last year.

“Giving back and helping those in need is one of my top priorities as a public servant,” said Lt. Governor Mongiardo. “I am honored to be a part of an event that is able to showcase the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of Eastern Kentucky, all while making a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged youth.”

The family event begins when the gates open on Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. A variety of activities start at noon and will include children’s games, drawing for celebrity items, corn hole tournament and local bluegrass music. At 6 p.m., the Halfway 2 Hazard and Celebrity Friends concert will begin featuring Tim McGraw, Halfway 2 Hazard, Dierks Bentley, Danielle Peck and Gabe Garcia. Other musical and sports guests over the course of the two-day event include motocross legend Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR Legend Kyle Petty along with singers James Otto and Keith Anderson. All proceeds go directly to Buckhorn Children’s Center.

“We are certainly excited to have Kentucky’s outdoor recreation opportunities spotlighted in this charity event with national and international recognition.  This event is a true testament to the benefits and possibilities of developing recreational trails and a trail-based economy,” said Matt Osborne, director of Adventure Tourism.

On August 23, trail ride registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 10 a.m. Riders will take a 40 mile ride on a portion of the East Kentucky Regional Trail System, which features over a hundred miles of trails in Knott, Perry, Leslie, Clay and Owsley counties. The riders will make a loop around Buckhorn Children’s Center in Buckhorn before beginning the trail ride.

“It is great to see all the people in the region, come together, to make this event a reality.  It is an opportunity to showcase our area to other entertainers, musicians and fans that come from all over the country to have fun and raise money to help change children’s lives,” said Chad Warrix, one-half of the Halfway to Hazard (H2H) duo and a Breathitt County native.

For more information about the event go to or call toll free 1-866-548-5979.