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The Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert Set for May 28th

On Sunday, May 28th, folks will come together in Ben Wheeler to raise money for victims of the tornadoes that recently ripped through Van Zandt County.

Four people died and more than 50 were injured in nine tornadoes that ravaged the area on April 29th. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and properties were destroyed.

The Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert will feature a long list of talented musicians who are stepping forward to donate their time to the cause. Confirmed performers include Jeff Allen, Wesley Pruitt Band, Will Burgin, Clay Thrash, Austin Layne, Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, Seek the Peace, Buddy and the Flashbacks, Diamondback TX, Chad Bennett, TuTu Jones and blacktopGYPSY.

For the benefit’s creator, Wesley Pruitt, it holds a special meaning.

“Canton is my hometown. Personally, this has been so heartbreaking and emotional,” Pruitt said. “The whole town went dark that night. There was no light anywhere except for emergency responders. Wanting to help in the days to come I knew that musicians could be a much-needed light for so many.”

Folks can expect a full day of concerts on two stages, a kids’ area includes bounce houses and performances by Johnny Magic. Food trucks and other refreshments are available on site and Moore’s Store and The Forge Bar & Grill are open across the street from the park.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $20 per person at the gate. All proceeds are going to the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund managed by First State Bank of Ben Wheeler for the victims.

A silent auction is also taking place during the event. Follow Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert for event updates. For VIP tables, auction donations, sponsorship opportunities, and more information on the event, call Emily Dunn at 903.567.1111 or email

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