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Berlin’s inaugural Small Town Throwdown event set for Sat.

By Josh Davis | Sep 07, 2017
Source: PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK Ruthie and the Ranglers, from Takoma Park, Maryland, will co-headline the inaugural Small Town Throwdown country music festival, Saturday in Berlin.

(Sept. 8, 2017) The Town of Berlin is going a little bit country this Saturday, when the inaugural Small Town Throwdown comes to Main Street, courtesy of Fager’s Island and The Atlantic Hotel.

“This was John’s [Fager] idea,” Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “He came to me in January and said he’d really like to bring Nashville to Berlin. We’ve never really had any kind of country music festival and he wanted to put one on.”

Wells and Fager worked together and booked three bands, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys, Patsy’s Honkytonk Torch & Twang, and planned an event meant to mirror “Music City.”

“We just wanted to bring some Nashville sounds to Main Street and get folks thinking about Berlin in early September,” Fager said. “Dance in the streets with your friends and neighbors free concert for the entire family.”

Along with live music, the event will include barbecue brisket and barbecue pork sandwiches from nonprofit group Cassandra’s Church, and additional festive foods from the Atlantic Hotel.

Other scheduled food vendors include the Sobo’s Wine Beerstro and Eastern Shore Kettle Corn. Siculi Italian Kitchen will take orders for personal pizzas and Gilbert’s Provisions will feature a crawfish boil, in-store.

Burley Oak Brewing Company will sell beer from its portable beer truck, with proceeds benefiting the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee.

Wells said the goal of Small Town Throwdown is simple: bring new faces to Berlin.

“John Fager wants to introduce people to Berlin who maybe haven’t been down here before,” she said. “We thought maybe country music would draw people who haven’t experienced Berlin before, and because they’re interested in the country music festival they’ll visit us and have a really great time and want to come back.”

The event is free and open to the public, and scheduled to run from 1-6 p.m.

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