Music and games are all part of the Buddy Bash next month at Cedar Creek Lake.
The lighthearted event belies the seriousness of the fundraiser's cause — the fight against cancer. Buddy Bash unfolds at spacious Tom Finley Park on Texas 334 in Gun Barrel City. After the original home of the event burned, the park was chosen because it can accommodate a large crowd.
The festivities are scheduled for noon on June 8 and will go well into the night.
Buddy Bash is staged in honor of Buddy Hopkins, the well known owner of Buddy's Hair Care in Gun Barrel City who lost his fight with stomach cancer in 2007. This is the 11th time that his sons Eddy and Jimmy Hopkins have hosted the event.
Before the second Buddy Bash, family friend Randy Harris told the Athens Daily Review that “cancer is an enemy that no one wants to face or would wish on their worst enemy. Unfortunately, too many of us have felt its wrath.”
The musical lineup includes Eddy Hopkins' own band, Full Circle Rising. Also on the bill are Clara Mae, Jasun Lopez, Then There Were Two, Road Weary Travelers and Tyler Stokes.
“There is sure to be something for everyone,” Eddy Hopkins said. “Along with the best-bike award, there will be fun in the sun and volleyball games. The object is to raise money for the American Cancer Society and have some fun. The community has always been great to support the cause.”
He said that participants may bring the drinks of their choice. No glass bottles are allowed.
Food vendors at the bash this year are The Soul Kitchen, Taco Reyes and Tommy Hyde BBQ.
Money raised by the bash through the years totals six figures.