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Alan Jackson Honors Virginia Earthquake Victims With Free Concert

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A free Alan Jackson concert won’t rebuild what was damaged by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the east coast on August 23, but it will certainly help polish the spirit of those who were affected. Mineral, Va., which was at the epicenter of the quake, banded together to prove their loyalty to the ‘Remember When’ singer by gathering the most votes in Jackson’s contest with Eventful’s Demand It. Now, the small town will be rewarded with a much-needed free concert.

Mineral is home to just 490 people, but according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the small community racked up 31,000 votes — four times more than all of Kansas City accrued — using social media sources like Facebook.

Naturally, the town’s residents are excited. Vice Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube, an avid Jackson fan herself, spoke on behalf of the residents to express the general feeling in the air. “It’s on people’s minds right up there with the earthquake,” she said, adding that the town will have to come up with a plan for a venue that will house everyone, given that as many as 3,000 fans are expected. Right now, they’re considering a town park — or even the Louisa County High School football stadium.

Just last week, it was announced that Mineral would not be receiving governmental help to rebuild their town, so the news of the free concert couldn’t come at a better time. Details on the date and time have yet to be announced.

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