This year's Country in the Park kicks up a notch when two Academy of Country Music Awards-nominated singers take the stage at the annual free country-themed festival.
David Nail and Lee Brice will be joined by Tony Marques. The event also will include activities from 2-9 p.m., May 7 at Exploration Park at the entrance of the 3,500-acre Mountain's Edge master-planned community.
It is located at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive in southwestern Las Vegas. Country in the Park is presented by Mountain's Edge and Vegas Country 95.5 KWNR.
Nail was nominated for Single of the Year at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards for "Red Light," and as Male Vocal Country Performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards for "Turning Home." Both songs are from his acclaimed debut album, "I'm About To Come Alive." His latest single is "Let It Rain."
Brice was nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards at the recent event. He was recognized for Single of the Year (nominated twice as artist and producer) and Song of the Year, all for his smash hit, "Love Like Crazy." Brice's songwriting talents also have been recognized. He has become one of the hottest writers, penning songs for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, among others.
Tony Marques has developed a strong local following from performances as the house band at the popular Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill located at Harrah's Las Vegas and other area venues.
The band is an audience favorite and has performed at all five Country in the Park events.
The featured performers' schedule is 3-4:30 p.m. for Tony Marques, 5-6 p.m. for Lee Brice, and 6:30-8 p.m. for David Nail. In between, there will be country line dancing lessons.
In addition to the live entertainment, the family-friendly event includes food vendors, pony rides, bounce houses, relay races, mining for gems and a petting zoo.
There are minimal charges for some activities with proceeds benefitting Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids, an organization that helps connect children with books and the enjoyment of reading.
Additionally, several Mountain's Edge homebuilders will have informational and/or activity booths.
The Budweiser Beer Garden for those 21 and older is a new festival component. Beer, soda and water will be sold.
Event sponsors include Ahern Rentals, Las Vegas Party Rentals and Amazing Clowns.
Country in the Park attendees also can enjoy the many Exploration Park amenities.
These include volleyball courts, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, walking trails, Western town replica and Indian village, archaeology dig site and trails leading up to the top of 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak.
For more information about Country in the Park, visit mountainsedge.com or kwnr.com/pages/countryinthepark 2011.html.
Mountain's Edge was recently ranked as one of the best-selling master planned communities in the country by RCLCO, the nation's leading independent real estate advisory firm.
The community has consistently ranked high, placing in the top five for the past six years. Mountain's Edge has also been listed as the top-selling master plan in Nevada by national and regional studies.
When fully developed, Mountain's Edge will have 14,500 residential development units; four elementary schools, two of which are already open; two middle schools; one high school; and several parks, with the second opening later this year.
The community offers endless avenues for sports, fitness and recreation, highlighted by the 80-acre Exploration Park.
Mountain's Edge builders -- among the best in the country -- include: Amstar Homes, Beazer Homes, Camden Homes, Discovery Homes, Harmony Homes, KB Home, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, Storybook Homes, William Lyons Homes and Woodside Homes.
To learn more, visit the Mountain's Edge information center, open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, located at the community's entrance on Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road; call 702-898-5777; or visit mountainsedge.com.