George Fox to perform concert for 4-H

FORT FRANCES—He has five gold records, three Junos, three Country Music Awards, and three TV specials to his credit.
And this Canadian country music star will be hitting the Townshend Theatre stage in Fort Frances next month in a fundraising performance for the 4-H clubs in Rainy River District.
George Fox, who grew up on an Alberta ranch, was involved in 4-H and offered his support to several Ontario clubs in 2004.
“Not knowing the vastness of Ontario, he wasn’t able to come up this way but said he would at a later date,” local 4-H leader Tracy Hyatt explained. “Then he contacted us in the spring to see if we were still interested.
“We’ll be his first stop on his Christmas tour,” she added.
4-H clubs are organizations dedicated to developing leadership skills among youth ages 10 to 21 years. About 10 clubs have run locally so far this year.
Fox has indicated being a 4-H member helped him deal with shyness and allowed his self-confidence to grow.
“I don’t think I could have hosted the Country Music Awards show and had confidence to get up on stage without the public speaking,” he said in a 2004 interview with 4-H Magazine.
“Generally, I think my feeling about 4-H is it is really the way to go for kids—to be yourself, which is not an easy thing to do with the peer pressure and the challenges for kids,” he added.
Although many of the current 4-H members won’t remember Fox’s rise to fame in the early 1990s, Hyatt noted they are really excited and looking forward to his performance.
“It’s really great that’s he’s supporting 4-H to pay back for what he got out of it,” she enthused.
After Fox had moved on from 4-H and began his singing career in Nashville, Tenn., he received a letter from a 4-H member in Tomahawk, Alta. telling him about his Grand Reserve Champion.
This made Fox realize he missed his old life, and he said helping out the 4-H clubs is a great way to stay in touch with his rural roots.
“I would rather see 4-H benefit from promoting it rather than someone in the industry,” Fox remarked. “It’s something that I could offer, plus the 4-H members are the best country music fans in Canada, so it seemed like a natural fit.”
The concert will be held Friday, Nov. 24 at the Townshend Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25, which are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts in Fort Frances, the Devlin post office, Tompkins Hardware in Emo, and the Corner Café in Stratton.
Opening for Fox will be Marlee Scott, a rising star on the Canadian country music scene who recently released her first album—“Souvenir.”
“It should be a great evening. I hope everyone comes out to support our clubs,” stressed Hyatt, adding tickets only will be available at the door if there are any left.
“We’re hoping to sell out before then,” she added.
(Fort Frances Times)

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