Local entertainers headline Buckeye Hills Expo

Staff report

April 17, 2014

RIO GRANDE — Buckeye Hills Career Center will feature live entertainment at their annual Expo April 26-27. The Expo will be each day from noon to 5 p.m. on the Buckeye Hills campus.

The entertainment is scheduled as follows:

  • April 26 — Noon, Summer Shade; 2 p.m., Corey Hager and Friends; 3 p.m., Open Rail.
  • April 27— Noon, His Atonement; 2 p.m., The Gospel Strings; 4 p.m., Jeff Seitz

Corey Hager is a singer/songwriter from Ripley, W.Va. He began writing songs his senior year of high school in 2009. Since then, Corey has shared the stage with many of his favorite national bands, been featured in Alternative Press Magazine AP&R, and played at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. His CD “I Like it That Way” is on iTunes and Pandora Internet Radio.

Previously playing “folk pop,” Corey is now “changing lanes” and hoping to make a name for himself among the “Contemporary Country” genre. You can find out more and listen to his music at

Open Rail is a bluegrass band is based in Gallipolis. In 2010, the band was selected to be the Historical Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center’s home band. Hosting shows at the theater and performing all over the country has made the band a favorite of anyone who hears them play their brand of bluegrass.

The group includes Perry Cardwell (upright bass), Don Titus (banjo), Roger Pup Harrison (lead vocals, guitarist), John Cardwell (vocals, mandolin), and Brian Ison (vocals, guitar).

“His Atonement” is a local Christian group, playing contemporary gospel music as well as original songs. The group consists of Timmy Updike (drums-vocals), Erik Noel (guitar), Kody Wright (bass), Steven Matthews (keyboard-vocals), and Kara Matthews (vocals).

The Gospel Strings, also a local Gospel group, plays live music in a combination of Southern, Bluegrass and Contemporary styles. The group consists of Rebecca Overstreet (keyboards), Belinda Dean (vocals), John Dean (fiddle, guitar), Brenda Price (mandolin) and Bob Price (bass and guitar).

Many activities are planned, including business/industry exhibits, vendor display of services, a craft show, a motorcycle show on Saturday, a classic car show on Sunday, green house sales, lawn and garden equipment demonstrations, health care checks, games for children, local music each day and food sales including sit-down dinners. Numerous prizes will be given away daily.

“Running through the Hills,” a 5K run and a 10K run — and one-mile Fun Run for children 10 and under — takes place April 27. Prizes will be awarded for both top male and female finishers in six age divisions and for the Fun Run. The run, like the Expo itself, will take place rain or shine. Register at

In addition, secondary and post-secondary career-technical programs can be visited. Career center staff will be available to answer questions and provide program demonstrations.

More information on the Expo is available by calling (740) 245-5334.