By JOHN MONTGOMERY
RISINGSUN - The Risingsun Opera House will play host to a country concert Oct. 6 as a fund-raiser for the Risingsun Policemen Benevolent Fund.
Performers will include Risingsun native Connie Mitchem, Pat Dunn of Tecumseh, Mich., and Jerry Eicher and the Hand Hewn String Band from Delta. Shooting Star Entertainment will also provide music and sound.
The concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.
There will also be a cookout from 4-5:30 p.m. with brats, hot dogs and soft drinks where visitors can get a meal and meet with the performers.
The concert is the second in a little more than a month - the first came Aug. 12 in conjunction with the fire department's annual dinner and the police department's annual car show.
Police Chief Mark Perkey said the first event went so well that another was quickly formed and he expects the 305-seat opera house to fill up quickly.
All proceeds will go to fund projects and items for the town's five-person police department not covered by the city's budget, Perkey said.
"It's very important. The money we raise helps with the equipment that we need that maybe the village hasn't been able to budget for in the past," he said. "The budget really goes for manpower and to keep us out on the street.
"With the budget crunch, it's vital that we keep money coming in to help us keep going," Perkey said.