Grab your cowboy boots, attach the spurs, and get ready for the first hoedown on Saturday night in Laguna Niguel.
Why not don your 5-gallon Stetson and show off your line dancing skills at the "Oohrah Anchors Away" Hoedown Barbecue presented by the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee.
It will be at the Sea Country Senior and Community Center, 24602 Aliso Creek Road, on Oct. 13., from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with the color guard at 6 p.m.
The event benefits the First Battalion, Fourth Marines and USS McClusky honoring the special heroes of the Wounded War Battalion.
"This event will be a first for us in so many ways," said who is also co-chair of the Military Support Committee. "I didn't even know how to spell hoedown when we got started, now I can't wait to get there."
The Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation usually puts on one big event a year to raise its annual budget. In years past, it has been a "Mess Night" on base at Camp Pendleton with its adopted Marine unit, but this year the event was moved into town to make it easier for residents to attend, he said.
"The theme is also a first. Instead of tuxedos and ball gowns there will be jeans and cowboy hats," Ming said.
The entertainment is another a first: The live band, "Brad Johnson and Killin' Time" are the regular house band for a country line dance bar in Pomona, so they have lots of experience with this kind of program, but they also have a special connection with Laguna Niguel.
"The lead singer is a former Marine from our adopted unit, the First Battalion, Fourth Marines, and he wrote the song "Killin' Time" while deployed to Iraq with the 1/4," Ming said.
Funds raised will support the service men and women in our adopted units or living in Laguna Niguel and their families. The Foundation does everything from helping with emergency situations when a spouse is deployed or a marine or sailor is injured, to putting on welcome home parties and providing soccer uniforms Ming said.
"They make great sacrifices for us and this is our way to give back. Dance to live music by Brad Johnson and "Killin' Time" and enjoy barbecued foods and fun," he said.
Tickets are $75 per person, and there is a special rate for military. Download the form here.