Wiregrass Newsroom: Country Crossing Rally in Full Swing

Dothan, Al (WSFA) -- The stage is being set one piece at a time for an event many are hoping keeps the reality of Country Crossing alive.

But developers of Country Crossing aren't the only ones reaping the benefits.

Rip Hewes stadium in Dothan is getting its first taste of something other than football--a taste they've been wanting.

"The city manager, Mike West, that's one of his goals was for us to have other activities here at Rip Hewes stadium. We look for and hope to of course get local, regional, and maybe even some national exposure here," says Larry Patrick, the Assistant Director of Programming for Dothan Leisure Services.

It's exposure from an event many are expecting to be quite large.

With names like Travis Tritt, Jamie Foxx, and George Jones, event planners are expecting huge crowds.  They're making room for 20,000 people and getting ready for a big show.

"Build scaffolding, level it, put I beams up, and deck it, and then we build the roof on top of it, put the canvas on top of it," says Sam Rankin, the man in charge of setting up the stage.

It's the second time developers of Country Crossing have held an event to support the project. And Houston county leaders say they're also on board to keep support strong.

"I think it's important to know that we're staying the course. We're going to, as a commission, do everything we can, to keep this project here," says commission chairman, Mark Culver.

Developers say a goal of the rally is to inform the public of the jobs, tax revenue, and economic development associated with Country Crossing.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney