Lufkin 'American Idol' to perform at 6th annual Cattle Baron's Gala

Lufkin 'American Idol' to perform at 6th annual Cattle Baron's Gala

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It has been a busy week over at Moore Farm in Pollok, which is the stage for this year's Pineywood's Cattle Baron's Gala. Organizers told us this year expect to see some fan favorites, along with new additions.

Talk about a complete transformation, the Moore farm is turning into the Wild West.

"I'm blown away by all the hard work and dedication put into this event," Kendall Beard, Singer said.  "It's mind blowing."

The American Cancer Society has been working hard to put together this fundraiser. The members said they couldn't do it alone. Thanks to a little help, the farm will look like something straight out of a movie. 

"Amazing volunteers that give all of their time and effort this week," Amy Ross, 2015 Cattle Baron Gala Chairman said. "It takes a whole village to make this a little Wild West town."

Unlike last year's gala that brought in$215,000, organizers said this year things are looking a lot different.

"I'm extremely excited," Ross said. "We have over 850 tickets sold already, so we're really looking forward to a great party tomorrow night."

Some new attractions are coming to this year's Gala.

"We're having a golf set up and it's going to be about 150 yards," Ross said. "If you get a hole in one then you get a tracker and $10,000 prize."

Local celebrity, Beard, is making a pit stop from being on the road to perform at this year's Gala.  She said it's good to be home.

"It's always a treat to be able to come back and play for friends and family," Beard said. "It's more like playing in your living room and having a party with your friends."

Hundreds of East Texans put on their best western gear for the Gala. Organizers remind people that it's a celebration of life and research.

"Everybody's been affected by cancer in some way or another, so why not have fun while we're raising money," Ross said. "We call it our party with a purpose because we bring all the funds back to American Cancer Society. Some of those funds stay local and to the eight counties we service, including Angelina."

Get those jeans, boots and buckles ready because the gala kicks off Saturday at 7pm at Moore Farm in Pollok.

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