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Louisa wins Alan Jackson concert

The town of MIneral in Louisa County has had its share of attention in the past couple of months.

It served as the epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked much of the East Coast in August.

And for the past several weeks, the state – and parts of the country – have buzzed about Mineral as the town competed in an online contest to win a free concert from country music star Alan Jackson.

Against big odds – major metropolitan areas competed as well – Mineral came out on top Monday when the voting ended.

Pam Harlowe, mayor of Mineral, said the news was still sinking in.

“A celebrity is going to come through Mineral,” she said. “It’s going to be very exciting.”

Harlowe hadn’t heard from anyone in the Jackson camp as of late Monday afternoon, but she was headed into Town Hall to check her voice messages just in case they were trying to reach her.

Because Monday was Columbus Day, the post office and town offices – normal gossip spots – were all closed. But she said her neighbors were all talking about the news.

Harlowe hopes to persuade Jackson’s team to hold the concert at Walton Park in Mineral, the site of an annual bluegrass festival. But she wasn’t sure what requirements the singer’s production show might require.

No matter where the show takes place, “It will be the talk of the town for a long time,” Harlowe said. “We can’t wait to see what this is going to turn into.”

–Brian Baer

 

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