Friday, August 14, 2009

Concert Slide Show

Here is a fun slide show from the concert!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this possible.

A SPECIAL THANKS to the sponsors who made the event possible...

The City of Canton EDC--
Wired Zip Lines---
Explore USA ---
Old Mill Market Place --
Traditions Tyler (yummy VIP treats)--
Twin Lakes Golf Course -
Group M7 --
County Line Magazine --
Jack Daniels Construction - (903) 479-3436
2 Hot Chics --
Ben E. Keith

"Texas Country Under the Stars a Rocking Success"

CANTON, TX (July 24th and 25th) – Mill Creek Ranch brings top music to East Texas, and the crowds respond in good numbers and with smiling faces.

According to Ashley Smith, event “We had mixed ideas of what kind of turn out we would have for the Summer Bash, and we hit somewhere in the middle of our target. We estimated over a 300 guests turned out for the Friday night show and over a thousand on Saturday. For our first event, we are ecstatic for the response from East Texas and look forward to having more concerts in the future”

In addition to the good music, some of the crowd favorites were the VIP access during the Friday concert where guests were able to watch the show from the pool area and snack on goodies provided by Traditions in Tyler. Saturday was full adventure with resort guests being shuttled toWired Zip Lines or hot air balloon rides on Saturday at the concert.

Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson was in attendance, in addition to Mercy Rushing Canton’s head of EDC.
According to Donnie Nelson “We had a blast at Texas Country Under the Stars and look forward to more concerts at Mill Creek Ranch”.

Mercy Rushing, head of the Canton EDC also followed up with the resort by email stating “The Summer Bash Concert was fun for the entire family! Mill Creek provided another wonderful event for the City of Canton. I look forward to next year's Bash! Way to go Mill Creek, it was done first class!
According to Bud Surles, resort General Manager “My main goals were to show people this great resort here in Canton, and to bring good fun, great music and lots of smiles to the faces of East Texans. From this stand point, I think we knocked it out of the par!”

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is located just south of Interstate 20 on Trade Days Boulevard (Hwy 19) in Canton, Texas, and features 200 contiguous acres along the banks of Mill Creek. The resort amenities include 100 RV sites with full hook-ups, rental cabins and cottages, two resort swimming pools, hot tub, RV Center, stocked fishing ponds, beautiful island gazebo, Outdoor Pavilion with a grill and smoker, poolside Cabana, gated playground, and conference and banquet facilities in the main lodge. The services and family-oriented activities offered at Mill Creek are unlike any RV resort in the region. Additional information is available at or by calling (903) 567-6020.
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Friday, July 24, 2009


See you all tonight!!

Here's tonights location:

The BBQ starts at 5:00 & costs $10 for guests without a VIP wristband.

Tickets can be purchased for tonight at OR at the gate.

Coolers are $15/$20

Showtime kicks off at 6:30 with WhiskeyFish (one word) :), then Deryl Dodd, then the show will finish with Rich O'Toole followed by the after party with Wesley Pruitt!!


Advanced tickets $10 at
or $15 at the gate.

The Aaron Watson, Jamie Richards Cody Riley Show tomorrow night will be located behind Old Mill Market Place:

Get ready for a CRAZY FUN weekend!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cool Warm & Dry Forecast!!

....and cooling off areas will be available both evenings!!!

Jul 24
Partly Cloudy

Jul 25
Partly Cloudy

Wired Ziplines Adventures!!

Watch Video Here!!!

Wired Zip-Lines will be a featured sponsor at this years Summer Bash!!
Discount passes will be available at the resort on Saturday.
Hours are 10am-12 pm!! (or 2pm-4pm- per request)

We LOVE Wired because of the FUN and ADVENTURE that they add to the City of Canton and to our resort guests here at Mill Creek Ranch. To take a "field trip" over to Wired Zip Lines during the concert- call ahead to reserve your spot or let the front desk know when you check in!!! It will be an adventure to remember!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekend Schedule

Friday night

5:00-6:00 BBQ dinner ($10 or Free for VIP guests)
6:30-11:00 Concert
Whiskey Fish
Deryl Dodd
Rich O'Toole
11:30- VIP after party with Wesley Pruitt

10-12:00 Shuttle to Wired Zip Lines (discount tickets available for VIP guests)
12-2:00 Jamie Richards Accoustic Show
5:00 gates open at Mill Creek Ampitheater
6:00-11:00 Concert
The Cody Riley Band
Jamie Richards
Aaron Watson

VIP after party at Mill Creek Resort


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Here are some important details for next weekend!!!

  1. We have a HIGH POWERED misting trailer to cool off under!
  2. Individual tickets & VIP passes can be purchased on
  3. Cottages & RV sites are still available for a VIP weekend with crazy good music and no worries!
  4. VIP weekend passes and resort guests will enjoy lots of free food, after show parties, private meet & greets, no cooler or parking charges, free shuttle rides to the venue on Saturday, tickets to all of the shows, and great access both evenings.
  5. Individual tickets are SO STINKIN CHEAP that if you don't want all of the above- you are still getting a rockin' event for peanuts!
  6. A $15-$20 cooler charge= 3 beers at most concerts! I am sure you can do the math and see the VALUE- especially if you share with friends.
  7. Bring lawn chairs and blankets
  8. Tethered hot air balloons will be available if you want to see what a Texas Country concert looks like from above!

So, who has questions? Who is coming?

Email with questions, comments or just to share your excitement!!

Mill Creek Ranch is excited to bring GREAT music to East Texas- starting next weekend!! See the news special on CBS 19 next Friday morning- featuring *yours truly* and Cantons own Whiskey Fish!! See you next Friday night!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

County Line Magazine

We are proud to have County Line as a sponsor of the Mill Creek Ranch Summer Bash!
They are one of the most highly regarded publications here locally and we have already had many comments about our Ad in County Line Magazine that came out a few weeks ago!
Mill Creek loves County Line magazine for advertising & we are excited to have them as guests at the Summer Bash in a few weeks!

(go to website for more information: )

The County Line was founded in 1999 by P.A. Geddie to give residents and visitors of East Texas a convenient place to find special events, music, and restaurants, and fun, inspirational and informative stories that serve reader’s interests. It promises to be a “county line” to connect small towns, big towns, and their rural neighbors.

As the County Line gained popularity over the years, the demand for more copies had them increase their distribution to 6,000 in 2004, 7,000 in 2005, and to 10,000 in 2006. Others around East Texas often asked for the County Line to expand distribution into their territory and “shine a little light” on the rest of East Texas. Already covering some events, people and places all over East Texas it was a natural transition for the County Line to become “The Upper East Side of Texas Magazine.” Effective with the April 2007 issue they now distribute in parts or all of ten counties including: Delta, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood. Current distribution is 20,000 copies with that number expected to grow rapidly as it gains popularity across East Texas.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Bash to Benefit C.L.A.W.

We picked C.L.A.W. as the beneficiary of the fundraiser aspect of the Summer Bash for several reasons. What we were most impressed with is that C.L.A.W. actually takes animals off of "death row" and finds homes for them! East Texas has a high population of orphaned and stray animals & C.L.A.W. is out there saving as many as they can have the support to take care of.

A cash donation will be made at the end of the event, in addition to a silent auction and a lemonade booth where the proceeds will also benefit C.L.A.W.!

CLAW's mission is multi-faceted. First and foremost, it is to help domesticated animals find secure homes.

Additionally, CLAW works to educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering,
responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
CLAW efforts are also focused on reducing the use of euthanasia in Van Zandt County
and to provide the public with information on how to report animal abuse.


Cowgirl Gypsies Come to the Summer Bash

We are excited to have Cowgirl Gypsies selling these "ever popular" hats and other "FUNKY FASHIONS" and "CLASSY TRASHY" Cowgirl hats, leather purses...and other fun accessories.

Bring your cash, you will want to take some of these treasures home with you!

Friday, June 26, 2009

How Cool Will the Summer Bash Be?

So cool!!

First off, we are starting later in the day. Gates open at you have just a few hours of sun to consider. And when you consider these things, it's much cooler than you thought!

  1. Misting fans and a high powered misting trailor will be available for you to cool off under.

  2. The Mill Creek Ranch Ampitheater has some great trees to squat under, too.

  3. Bottle water will be available AND affordable.

  4. Also available, lemonade, snowcones and other "chilly" refreshments.

  5. And the sun starts going down at 7:00...

So, wear your coolest clothes- and come make the most of all of the cool ways we are working to make this an enjoyable evening and event for you!!

Ashley Smith

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Is the Summer Bash Kid Friendly?

Q- I would like to know if your facility for the Aaron Watson concert will be kid friendly.

Thank you, April

A- Regarding kid friendly, it will be a BYOB Texas Country Concert. How old are your children?
You will know best what environement is friendly for them, but we have TONS of security, TABC officers, staff, water, cooling tents, a tethered hot air balloon ride, etc.! Your kids would probably have a BLAST, but use your best judgement regarding the environment and ability to supervise under these circumstances.

Thank you!

Ashley Smith

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


A few things to note:

  • NO glass bottles will be allowed in coolers

  • Food, soft drinks and water will be available at both events. Alcohol will be the only thing allowed in coolers.


Schedule for the weekend:

Check in time for resort guests: 4:00
BBQ for VIP's only- 5-6
Whiskey Fish 6:30-8
Deryl Dodd 8-9
Rich O’Toole 9:30-11:00

VIP after party


12-2 Jamie Richards acoustic show (VIP or $10 advance tickets)
Aaron Watson VIP Meet & Greet
5-10 Concert at Mill Creek Ranch Ampitheater
VIP after party

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Texas Country Under the Stars" VIP Packages

Friday July 24th
•Over night accommodations for two
• 2 tickets to Mill Creek “Texas Country Under the Stars” featuring Rich O’Toole and special guest
•2 tickets to BBQ dinner
•Pastries and coffee Saturday morning

Saturday July 25th
•Overnight Accommodations for two
•Jamie Richards private acoustic set 12-2pm
•2 tickets to Aaron Watson, Jamie Richards and the Cody Riley Band at resort amphitheater
• VIP access during the show
•Shuttle busses or golf cart rides- to and from the event
•After show party at the resort
•Breakfast pastries and coffee Sunday morning
•Late check out Sunday
$399 for both nights(cottage)
$120 for both nights (RV site)
$24.99 per additional person per night
Single nights available
Call 866- 599-7275