BROOKSVILLE — Kickin’ at the Q, Brooksville’s premier end of summer jam, went off without a hitch on Aug. 11 at the Brooksville Quarry.
The daylong concert presented country music artists Cowboy Troy, Billy Dawson, Southern Brotherz Band, and Randy McNeeley while 28 entries to the truck and jeep show competed for top prizes.
Mike Walker, director of Brooksville Parks and Recreation, facilitated the event with a grant from the Hernando Community Coalition and support from major sponsor partners, including State Farm Insurance, Center State Bank and Barney’s Motorcycle & Marine.
Twenty vendors set up along the greenery with 300 attendees enjoying the live entertainment that ran all day. Attendance was much lower than anticipated, likely due to the weather. But organizers were pleased with the result and are already planning for next year.
“For a first-year event, everything went off without a hitch,” said Jennifer Raffaelli, city of Brooksville recreation leader. “The entertainment was top-notch and friendly as they walked the venue after preforming, introducing and smiling with the crowd, and taking pics and signing autographs.”
Brooksville Parks and Recreation and its director, Mike Walker, had a vision, she added. “The sponsors really are the ones to thank as this never could have happened without the support of the community. We are already planning next year’s Kickin’ at the Q.”