The 18th annual Funtastic Fourth celebration will kick off this weekend in downtown Big Spring, June 28-29th. The event is organized by the Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association. The DRA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings businesses, jobs, customers, and entertainment to the core of the community while staying true to Big Spring’s rich history.
"Our goal is to enhance the culture of downtown Big Spring through the Funtastic Fourth event," said Christy Brorman, President of the Big Spring DRA.
"We are all volunteers. Some of us work all year, some of us just work the day of, but everyone is important," continued Brorman. "We want to see the downtown be kinda the entertainment district of Big Spring, Texas. So, that's kind of our goal. We'd love to see restaurants all along the downtown area, different types of music, different bars, different boutiques, different whatever, we just want downtown to come alive."
Brorman told KBest News that the money raised from Funtastic Fourth goes back into the event for next year’s celebration, although some years they take a loss.
"We've never gotten to where we have a ton of money left. We usually break even or take a loss. We started charging last year so we can keep this event afloat, but something always comes up that we have to buy," stated Brorman. "I think a lot of people think we get paid, we don't. We don't have extra money yet, but when we do we'll give it back to the community."
Entry into the event is $10 per person each day. The event includes access to a variety of vendors and live entertainment from Country music artists Mark Chestnutt, Rick Trevino, Spur 327, Mark McKinney on Friday night, and performances from RATT, Buzzkill, The Band Big Spring, Loco Motives, and Fatal Flawz on Saturday night. Be advised that volunteers are still needed to help out with the event. For more information contact Lana at (432) 816-1058, or visit bigspringdra.com.
In years past, the DRA coordinated other events like Feed the Soul and Christmas on Main, but their organization has gotten smaller since then and it’s affected their ability to continue those events. After Funtastic Fourth, Brorman advised that they’ll be doing a membership drive to recruit new members to join their team.