Clay Walker booked for Cattlemen’s Ball

Ogallala native Lexi Larsen to open

Clay Walker, country music superstar and popular entertainer, will headline the 2019 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball at the Wayne and Chris Krausnick Ranch near Wauneta on Saturday, June 8.  

“I’m really excited to have Clay Walker at the Cattlemen’s Ball this year. I grew up listening to his music and his songs bring back so many great memories,” said committee member Kati Ladenburger.

“With his new album being released, I think that the next generation of country music fans is going to connect with him as well,” she said.

“All the way up in Nebraska, sittin’ on a tractor . . . roundin’ up cattle . . . long live the cowboy,” are lines from Clay Walker’s newest album “Long Live the Cowboy” released Jan.  21.  

Nominated for Top Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, Walker has earned six No. 1 hits, with five consecutive No. 1 songs: “What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming with my Eyes Wide Open,” “If I Could Make a Living,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It.”  

Overall, Walker has recorded 23 Top 20 hits and 19 Top 10 hits including the recent hit “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”   With beach balls, streamers, confetti and videos playing behind him on a giant screen as he sings, Walker’s concert Saturday night of the Ball will be a “Party on Stage,” organizers say.  

The “party” all starts on Friday night, June 7, with Lexi Larsen, an up-and-coming country music star from Nashville and native of Ogallala.

“Featuring local talent to kick off the Ball is exciting,” Ball Co-Host Allison Sandman said. Larsen just snagged iHeart Radio Female Artist of the Year and has also been dubbed “One to Watch” by Country Music America magazine. 

The Cattlemen’s Ball is an annual fundraising event benefitting cancer research, promoting beef in a healthy diet and promoting “The Good Life” in rural Nebraska.  

Ninety percent of all proceeds from The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska will be given to the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.  

The remaining 10 percent benefits local communities in Chase County for support of their own health and wellness initiatives.

The Cattlemen’s Ball has adopted a “Round up a Cure for Cancer Research!” theme. Two types of tickets are available. The $400 Trail Boss tickets include both Friday and Saturday events (including four meals featuring beef in a healthy diet). The $100 Top Hand tickets include Saturday afternoon into evening only. 

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Tickets are available now at www.cattlemensball.com or checks can be mailed to PO Box 9, Wauneta NE 69045.  

Members of the 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball committee plan to attend several area events in the coming weeks to promote the event. 

They will be on hand to answer questions at “The Big Show” in McCook this Friday and Saturday, at the Buffalo Bill Expo in North Platte on Feb. 6-7 and at the Kearney Classic on Feb. 16-24.

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