Barboursville cancer patient receives support from country music stars

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BARBOURSVILLE, WV (WOWK) – After a year of battling the pandemic, spectators were ready to resume live performances. A festival in Barboursville, West Virginia drew bands from all three states, but this event wasn’t just about music.

The very first “Barry Palooza” Music Festival got off to a strong start on Sunday afternoon with visitors coming for great food, great music and a great cause. Proceeds from the event will benefit Barry Smith, who is currently battling stage four prostate cancer.

Smith has been in the local music industry for over 20 years and during that time he has helped his community and now they are returning the favor.

The event brought together a crowd of community members ready to enjoy local music and support Smith during this difficult time. Smith says the overall support has been incredible.

“I’m just completely humbled by the fact of all the support everyone is giving me. Everyone is behind me and trying to get me up in such a moment.

Barry Smith, event beneficiary

Support doesn’t just come from the region, well-known country music stars have stepped in to help as well. Brad Paisley and Tyler Childers both donated signed guitars which will be used as prizes in a raffle contest.

Even though the music festival is over, donations are still being accepted online. Click here to find out more.

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