And the countdown has wound down to none for the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
Friday afternoon the carnival rides will start to spin, the midway and food court with their sights, sounds, tastes and attractions will be there ready and waiting for the crowds to partake.
Rick Springfield, who may be one of the most popular performers in the Reunion Celebration's now 12-year history, won't come on stage until 10:30 p.m. Friday, but the action will begin a good five and a half hours before that.
Those who want to take advantage of the reduced price concert ticket wristbands have until noon to do that. The early purchase special is $15 and covers the admission to the full concert on Friday that includes Brownwood High School vocalist Zakary Webb singing the Star Spangled Banner at 7:25 on the Reunion Stage, followed by Blackbird at 7:30; Three Shades of Blue at 9 p.m. and finishing with Springfield.
Then, the same wristband will get the wearer into the Reunion Stage arena on Saturday. Meredith Underwood, also a BHS student, will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at 7:25 p.m. and she will be followed by Brenda Kay at 7:30; Mark Powell and Lariat at 9 p.m.; and Wade Bowen at 10:30.
The $15 wrist bands are for sale at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices, located in the west end of the Santa Fe Depot and Civic Center. Concert goers who don't buy wristbands in advance will pay $20 per night to get into the concert. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night for the concerts.
Friday's activities in general will get started about 5 p.m. To catch some fine local talent, stop by the Carnegie Corner stage where Laurel Edmondson, Mary McIver, Cody Sellers and John Henry Johnson will take turns at the mic.
Also the biggest house will have the most hands vying for ownership. Hands on a House contestants will be putting their palms in place around 5 p.m. after a brief opening ceremony.
But, if you're just planning to show up and see what's going on, the schedule promises that between 5 and 8 p.m. today you can catch these “key attractions” – Dunking Booth, Merchandise Row, Bungee Trampoline, Bubble Runners, Laser Ops, Mechanical Bull, plus the Martin and Frances Railroad Museum. At the Pride of Texas Midway, the rides will start spinning at 6 p.m. and keep on until 10 p.m.