By Jim Misunas
ROZEL — Nate Bartley is a deputy for Edwards County.
But once a year, Bartley dons his cowboy hat for his hometown of Rozel. The Pawnee Heights High School graduate worked for the Pawnee County sheriff’s department and served as a volunteer firefighter in Rozel.
Bartley is the guy behind the scenes who booked Nashville singing duo Walker McGuire for Saturday’s community concert. Gates open at 6 p.m. following the 5 p.m. pig roast.
Walker McGuire is a country duo formed by Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire in May of 2012. Jordan is a Vernon, Texas native and Johnny comes from Fairway, Kansas.
Area country band Dirt kicks off the evening festivities at the 4th Annual Rozel Summer Celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.
Concert admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available by calling 620-804-1031 or 620-430-4840; or at the Golden Valley Co-Op in Rozel and Car Quest in Larned.
Proceeds will benefit the Rozel Volunteer Fire Department.
Rozel Fire Chief Doug Colglazier said the nine-person volunteer department will maintain fire trucks and equipment with the donations.
Bartley is friends with Andrew Clark, manager for the Jacob Martin Band. Clark got Bartley in contact with Walker McGuire. Walker McGuire will perform at Garden City’s Jax’s Sports Bar & Grill Friday night.
“I like to sign up-and-coming acts,” Bartley said. “You never know if that group will hit it big some day. You’d love to say you saw them.”
The two were discovered by Big D and Bubba, the hosts of a nationally syndicated radio show. Big D and Bubba offered Walker McGuire to be aired on “Chasin’ The Dream,” a weekly radio show.
Their songs include “The Color Pink”, “Hurry On Home” “Ole What’s Her Name,” “American Dream,” “Best Kind of Bad,” “Holly Would.”
“The Color Pink” climbed to No. 42 on the iTunes chart within days of its August 2013 release.
Other events feature a Softball Tournament, Car Show, Homemade Ice Cream Contest, Lions Club Sponsored Water Inflatable, Scavenger Hunt, Anvil Shoot, Craft, Merchandise and Food Vendors, Rozel Volunteer Fire Department Green Beef Pit Barbecue, Golden Belt Telephone Watermelon Feed and Rozel Volunteer Fire Department Beer Garden.
The food vendors and craft and speciality sellers will work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pig roast is scheduled at 5 p.m. with a free-will offering suggested.
Cowboy Preacher Scott Steinmetz will deliver his unique style of inspiration at 9 a.m. Sunday at North City Park. Fellowship will start at 9:30 a.m. A free brunch will start at 10:30 a.m.
The Rozel Annual Summer Celebration is sponsored by the Rozel Volunteer Fire Department, Rozel Lions Club, Rozel Pride, the city of Rozel and Rozel citizens.