George Brothers lend Santa a hand via Shop with a Cop fundraiser show Friday night

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The George Brothers of the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year after their album and song "Brothers, Friends and Outlaws" became a huge hit on the Texas country music charts.

CARROLL COUNTY -- Local musicians the George Brothers might consider themselves outlaws, but even lawless troubadours can't stand to see children go without during Christmas.

Brothers DeWayne and Randall George -- the duo behind Eureka Springs' Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down -- achieved infamy this year with their country music hit "Brothers, Friends and Outlaws."

They are currently in Texas promoting their album, but they will take to the stage Friday night -- along with the rest of their hoe-down crew -- to raise money for the annual "Shop with a Cop" event.

The fundraiser -- coordinated by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office -- helps grant the Christmas wishes of Carroll County children in need.

The week after the show, kids from throughout the county will go shopping with law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office and police departments in Berryville, Green Forest and Eureka Springs.

The money raised at the event will be divided evenly among the children, so they can pick out something from their Christmas lists.

Friday's show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7. Randall George said their would be no admission charge -- though donations will be encouraged.

"It could be $5, or it could be $50," George said, "as long as you give something."

George emphasized that 100 percent of proceeds will go to charity. Last year's event raised more than $5,000.

The George Brothers will present a check to the Sheriff's Office during intermission on Friday.

Randall George said the brothers had decided to toss their cowboy hats in with the effort several years ago, after a friend of his -- a sheriff's officer -- told him a charity golf tournament wasn't bringing in enough money to support it.

"It was just something we felt like needed to be done," he said, adding that they each have children of their own.

"Without this, there would be a lot of kids in Carroll County who would not have a Christmas," he said.

Investigator Chad Hipps of the Arkansas State Police has been involved with the event in years past. He said seeing the children's smiles made the time and effort worthwhile.

"The light in their eyes is unexplainable," he said.

Still, Hipps said also that he knew the need would always be greater than the help they were able to offer.

"I can't at all tell you how important it is for people to donate," he said.

Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down is located at 3140 E. Van Buren Road, in Eureka Springs. For more information about the event, call 479-253-7725.

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