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Kansas Town Quadruples in Population During Music Nights

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MILDRED, KS -

Every third Saturday of the month, the small town of Mildred Kansas comes to life for music night at "The Mildred Store."
  The event attracts more than four times the town's population.. 

Loren Lance, one of the owners introduces people to the routine at the mic. He announced, "Well, welcome to Mildred Kansas. It's music night in Mildred every third Saturday night of the month. We play live country music for the community and they come from everywhere. Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Kansas City, Fort Scott, Kansas, El Dorado Springs. We got people from everywhere here."

Regina Lance explained the meaning of the store to herself and the community. "The store, when I was a kid was Charlie Brown's and his wife was Lucile and people didn't believe me that I was buying Charlie Brown's Store. And since I grew up in the area,  I knew a lot of the traditions and things that went with it. And so I've tried to bring those things back to our rural community. The population here is about twenty-two people and we max out here about one hundred sixty every third Saturday."

Regina has done other events to support the community too. In March, she and others stocked the store with used and new dresses, shoes and jewelry to sell for a dime a piece for girls to use at proms.  Music nights are just another way to support the community. 

Trisha Hester comes to enjoy the music and company. She said,  "I think people are hungry for good ole times. You know people are tired of commercial stuff and tired of the rat traps in the cities. I think they just like the country, the country fun."

Calvin Adams is a patron of the event. He explained, "This is home. I was born and raised within three miles from here and this store has been here for all my life. They're keeping this town alive. If Loren and Regina weren't here this town would probably die."
 

The next music night will be held on Saturday, May 19th.

(Koam's Kaden Milner contributed to  this story.)

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