The Adams County Board of Commissioners declared Saturday, Aug. 23 would be Cowboy Copas Day in Adams County. The date, Aug. 23, fell on Saturday this year, and the Adams County Historical Society held the sixth annual Cowboy Copas Concert that evening.
Hot dogs, baked goods, and drinks were on sale for refreshments as people socialized before the concert got underway. Once the crowd had satisfied its hunger, the President of the Adams County Historical Society took the stage to welcome everyone to the event.
After inviting Commissioners Brian Baldridge and Stephen Caraway to the stage to speak, the new sign “Birthplace of Cowboy Copas” that will hang under the “Blue Creek” community signs along state Route 125 were dedicated and shown to the audience.
A baked goods auction to benefit the Adams County Historical Society was held prior to the concert with $1,725 total bid on all of the items. A little over a third of that total came from one item, when Charlene Grooms bid $650 for Gayla Miranda’s German chocolate cake.
Kathy Copas-Hughes, the daughter of Lloyd Estel “Cowboy” Copas, took the stage stating that all the celebrations held previously through the year led to that night.
“Tonight is the capstone,” Kathy said, “This is home.”
She then regaled the crowd with a humorous story about her father. He was mowing the lawn of his home in Tennessee, dressed casually for the work, when a tour bus pulled alongside the fence of the home. Tourists exited the vehicle to admire the home and take photos, and the bus driver asked Cowboy Copas to pull the lawn-mower to the side out of the shot so people could take photos of Cowboy Copas’ home. He did as asked and just waited. None of them realized that he was Cowboy Copas, not someone hired to mow the lawn.
With the sign dedication finished and the stories shared, the music began with Kathy Copas-Hughes and Karen Goldman singing “From the Manger to the Cross.” Rosie Young and the Copas Family with Randy Copas and Band performed numerous pieces the rest of the night, inviting people to get up and dance. The John Simon Band with Kathy Copas-Hughes took the stage later in the evening to finish off the concert.