An event filled with music, worship and a silent auction will be held in honor of Bart VanKranenburg, a Lingleville High School student who unexpectedly passed away in December 2014, on Sunday, June 5, at Melody Mountain Ranch.
The gates for the Fly High Fest will open at 11:30 a.m. with the silent auction and live music kicking off at noon. A church service will take place at 10 a.m., led by Ryan Hurt of Lingleville Baptist Church, for ticket holders.
VanKranenburg was a star athlete who played football and basketball for the Lingleville Cardinals and proceeds from the event will benefit a foundation in his name.
“I was approached by Madison Mobley, a senior in Bart’s class, and she asked me if I would help her create this music festival,” said family friend Amber Parks. “I couldn’t say no because being a mom I can’t imagine the heartache his family and classmates are going through.”
Artists performing will include Bart Crow, Troy Cartwright, Rehme Sutton, Kaitlin Butts, Kerri Lick, Grant Gilbert, Chris Colston and Garrett Thompson.
“I saw a similar event in Huntsville where they did a festival for a scholarship foundation and I thought we could do something like that in honor of Bart,” Mobley said. “I thought it would be good to do something to honor his memory.”
Silent auction items will include a private plane round-trip for two to Aspen or Eagle/Vail from Wildcat Touring, signed NFL Hall of Fame football donated by The Garner Firm, autographed memorabilia from Deion Sanders, an autographed baseball from Brock Wyatt Holt courtesy of Parks Hill Technology, a guitar signed by all the artists who play at LJT Music Festival, gift baskets from Sookie’s Cookies and Sweetenville, a custom fire pit from JP Proctor Farms and many other items.
“If anybody would like to contribute to the silent auction that would be fabulous,” Parks said.
To donate an item call Parks at 940-507-1544, Madison Mobley at 254-485-6470 or message the Fly High Fest Facebook page.
“As a senior in high school it’s amazing to make something like this come to life,” Parks said about Mobley.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Quality Printing, Texas Homegrown Radio, Lingleville School, Saddle Rags, Dublin Cleaners and Lingleville Country Store.
“I’m excited to see what the turnout is going to be,” Mobley said. “It’s going to be a good family-fun day and be a good time to come out and support a good cause.”