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December 06th, 2021

hpmf 2020 file spotlight pageCasi Joy performs a song as part of last year’s High Plains Music Fest. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Sept. 11. L&T file photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


September is officially here, which means it is almost time for the annual High Plains Music Fest. 

There will be plenty of fun for people to partake in, according to coordinator Jan Leonard. 

“This year's High Plains Music Fest will be Saturday, Sept. 11, and will start with the craft fair at 10 a.m. at Eagle RV Park in Hugoton. We'll have Great American Kites coming back, and they'll be there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eagle RV Park, and we'll also have the KSCB cornhole tournament, and that will be the last leg of the tournament before the grand finale, and those prizes will be $500 for first place, $350 for second place, and $250 for third place,” Leonard said. “All of that will be going on, and we'll have some other vendors our there with crafts and things like that, so that should be really good for us. Gates will open at 4 p.m. at Dirtona Raceway in Hugoton for the concerts that night, and the music will start at 6 p.m. with Weston Wilkerson, followed by Lindsey Lane (who will also be singing the national anthem shortly after her set), then William Clark Green, and ending with Granger Smith. We've got two jumbotron screens coming this year, and we'll be doing a flyover and tribute to 9/11 since that day will be the 20th anniversary, and that will include some video of what happened that day. After the flyover stuff and a fireworks show is when William Clark Green will perform, and then later that night will be an auction from the National Wild Turkey Federation for some rifles.”

Overall, Leonard said, all the fun should be very exciting to those who turn out. 

books spotlight pageCourtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


This summer has allowed me to get a lot of reading done, and throughout the summer, I was able to read through many different genres, making for an overall rather diverse reading list. In that spirit, I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on a handful of the ones I read through. 


Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors (James Patterson and Matt Eversmann)

This is one I’ve read more recently, and it’s a collection of stories from different veterans from the different branches of the U.S. military. The stories include a variety of personal combat/training experiences and shares some insight as to why these particular soldiers entered their respective branches. I really enjoyed reading it because of the variety – there are stories from every military branch, and no two stories are alike. I liked the balance throughout in that respect, and I also liked how there were also a handful of stories included about some of the negative aspects of having served (i.e. PTSD and other mental health issues, etc.) All the stories are also very quick to read, making for a very enjoyable reading experience. If you’re a military buff and/or a James Patterson fan, this is a good book to check out. 

lindsey lane spotlight pageCourtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


There will be a lot of talent taking the stage at the Dirtona Raceway in Hugoton the evening of Saturday, Sept. 11, and that talent includes Lindsey Lane from Texas.

As Lane tells it, she was bitten by the music bug rather early in life. 

“I've been playing music for the past seven or eight years, and for five of those years, I taught 3rd grad math while playing, and I officially left teaching in May 2019 to do music full time,” Lane said. “My dad was also a musician ever since I was really little, and I would travel with him when he did single-act performances around Texas and Oklahoma. I grew up in that type of environment and I carried the torch after he finished.”

Lane added there were a few factors to take into account when she was thinking of becoming a performer full time. 

“When I was thinking about doing music full-time, I was struggling with whether I wanted to remain a teacher or go into music full time and after praying about it for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and become a performer full time,” Lane said. “Everyone has those moments where they feel like they're doing EXACTLY what they're supposed to, and I discovered I was having more of those moments while I was performing than anytime else.”

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