August 15, 2022

Caring for Conservation concert back at Ashton Park Saturday

Concert at the park

Back for a second year, the Caring for Conservation Concert is ready to rock the park in northwest Jasper County. Slipstream will once again headline the event which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. June 25 at Ashton Park 8717 W. 122nd St. N. near Mingo.

“We are really looking forward to seeing Slipstream back up on the stage with the beautiful park in the background helping to raise money for conservation,” Jasper County Conservation Director Keri Van Zante said.

Last year, more than 200 people came out to enjoy the beautiful scenery and hear some great tunes. With food trucks including Magoo’s Pizza, Sticky Fingers and Sea Turtle Ice Cream along with the Greencastle Bar, a tasty bite to eat will round out a fun evening.

“Jasper County Conservation volunteers will also be selling popcorn, soda and water,” Van Zante said.

Funds from the event will go towards the efforts to create the Jasper County Environmental Education Center. Estimated to cost about $3 million, the department is closing in on a big milestone.

“That project is very near the $1 million mark,” Van Zante said.

The center will mainly be used by the county as a teaching tool for Jasper County schools.

“We’ve had so many students tell us upon graduating the thing they remember most about school was the visits and field trips provided by our department,” Van Zante previously said. “Educating students about the local environment is a big task and having a place that is accessible all year round will be a huge help.”

The cost to attend the concert is $10 with kids 5 and under free. The ticket price does not include any food or drink.

Tickets can be purchased at the conservation office at 1030 W. Second St. S. in Newton or by calling the office at 641-792-9789.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com