Fans across the country have been casting their votes to bring Alan Jackson to their town for a free concert as part of a campaign by concert promoter Eventful. In the end, the concert was won by Mineral, Virginia, the small town that served as the epicenter of the August earthquake that rattled the east coast. Mineral, a town of 400, beat out big cities like Kansas City and Knoxville for the concert.
“The victory over the larger cities has been a great moral boost for us,” Vice-Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube said to WTVR. “We’d like to see it help raise funds for people that don’t have insurance and can’t afford to fix their chimneys and homes.”
Recovery from the earthquake has been slow in Mineral. Schools only recently reopened and damage to the high school marching band’s practice field has caused the band to take up temporary residence at Walton Park, the likely site of the future concert. “After the earthquake we all really pulled together because of it. It’s really helped us grow,” the Vice-Mayor said.
Mineral, where many still rely on dial-up internet, posted more than 30,000 votes to bring Alan to their town. The date for the concert has not yet been announced.