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Rain hurts club’s celebration

<p>Tribute band in concert: The 4 Fabs, a Beatles tribute band from Waco, Tex., performed a concert last Saturday night at the Paris Middle School auditorium. The performance was part of an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of founding of the Boys and Girls Club of Paris. Unfortunately, rainy weather hampered attendance at events.</p>

Tribute band in concert: The 4 Fabs, a Beatles tribute band from Waco, Tex., performed a concert last Saturday night at the Paris Middle School auditorium. The performance was part of an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of founding of the Boys and Girls Club of Paris. Unfortunately, rainy weather hampered attendance at events.

By their own admissions, organizers of the Boys and Girls Club of Paris’ 50th anniversary celebration put months into planing and preparation.

When the event took place last Saturday, the anticipated crowds melted away in the rain.

The events at Veterans Park began on schedule at 1 p.m. However, rain moved into the area shortly after 3 p.m. and things were shut down. And, some scheduled events, like a free-of-charge hamburger cookout scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., were totally wiped out.

Later that day, a concert featuring a Beatles tribute band (2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in the United States) suffered because rainy weather outside hurt attendance.

Despite that, those present for the concert at the Paris Middle School auditorium enthusiastically greeted and later praised the performance of the 4 Fabs, the Beatles tribute band from Waco, Tex.

And the weather played the spoiler’s role again Sunday when the Alumni and Friends organization supporting the club, held its annual golf tournament at Little Creek Golf Club just outside of Paris. The event teed off on schedule but had to be halted when rain again moved into the area. The tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 28.

Despite the negative impact from the weather, organizers came away happy.

“Certainly, we were hampered by Mother Nature,” said Steve Brown, a member of the club’s Alumni and Friends organization and one of the chief organizers of the celebration. “But, you can’t control the weather.

“However, we’re very happy about the spotlight that was placed on the club by this huge milestone,” Brown said.

The club was organized in 1964 as an extension of the Boys Club of Fort Smith, the first such arraignment of its kind for the organization.

Brown said the members of the Beatles tribute band were very pleased with Paris and its people.

“They want to come back,” he said. “They had a ball. They were very happy with their accommodations, the hospitality and the scenery of Paris.”

And based on the response, the crowd was pretty pleased with the band’s performance. Brown estimates there were about 150 people attending the concert in a venue that was set up to hold about 500.

“The concert was great and everyone in attendance seemed to have a good time,” Brown said. “Of course, the rain hurt attendance and we sold a lot more tickets than the number of people who showed up.”

And Brown pointed out the club’s 50th anniversary celebration will continue. For example, the Daisy BB Gun Company is making 50th Anniversary Commemorative BB Guns for the club and they are still for sale. Samples can be seen at the club. For additional information, call the club at 963-3577.

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