Country Music Artists and Professional Athletes Suit Up for Showdowns at 2007 CMA Music Festival's Free Chevy Sports Zone

Chevy Sports Zone to Feature: 'The Sixth Annual Andy Griggs Celebrity

Archery Tournament,' 'Steve Azar Celebrity Sports Challenge,' 'The Michael

Peterson/New Holland Celebrity Tractor Race,' and More!

May 31, 2007, 01:00 ET from Country Music Association

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2007 CMA Music
 Festival will continue the tradition of unique interactions between fans
 and their favorite celebrities with the Chevy Sports Zone, featuring a
 variety of friendly competitions between Country Music artists,
 celebrities, and professional athletes.
     CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10 in Downtown
 Nashville. The popular Chevy Sports Zone will reside in the parking lot
 between Third and Fourth Avenues (next to the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall
 and across the street from the Crisco(R) Family Zone), although a few
 select activities will take place in other locations (listed below). The
 Chevy Sports Zone is open Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9 (11:00
 AM-5:00 PM/CT,) and on Sunday, June 10 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM/CT). The Chevy
 Sports Zone is free and open to the public.
     "CMA Music Festival is dedicated to the fans and we love creating
 events and activities where they can interact with their favorite Country
 stars in extraordinary ways," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating
 Officer. "The Chevy Sports Zone offers that with competitions that
 spotlight the artists and athletes in a different arena in contests that
 challenge their abilities and often bring out their competitive nature as
 well as their sense of humor. It is a lot of fun for everyone involved."
     On Thursday, June 7 (4:30 PM/CT), "The Sixth Annual Andy Griggs
 Celebrity Archery Tournament," sponsored by Yamaha Motor Corp, USA, and The
 Sportsman Channel(R), will be held in Lot R on the grounds of LP Field. In
 addition to Griggs, shooting stars include:
     Jeremy Baxter, of Carolina Rain
     Rhean Boyer, of Carolina Rain
     Preston Brust, of LoCash Cowboys
     Tracy Byrd, artist
     Ty England, artist
     Marvin Evatt, of Carolina Rain
     Daniel Lee Martin, artist
     Craig Morgan, artist
     Blake Shelton, artist
     Rusty Tabor, host The Outdoor Channel
     Neil Thrasher, artist/songwriter
     Jesse and Ginger Morehead will emcee the event. Jesse and Ginger are
 highly-acclaimed professional archers with Jesse having won 12 world titles
 and Ginger winning 10.
     Also hitting the bull's-eye is a New Motion Target System sponsored by
 The Bohning Company, Cutter, Hunter Safety System(R), Mossy Oak Apparel,
 and Mathews. And remember to smile for the cameras: the Men's Outdoor and
 Recreation Network and The Sportsman Channel(R) will be covering all the
 action. Additionally, there will be NASCAR driver autograph signings by
 Brent Sherman (No. 36 Big Lots! Chevrolet) and Scott Wimmer (No. 29 Holiday
 Inn Chevrolet).
     On Friday, June 8 (1:00-3:00 PM/CT), "The Steve Azar and Friends
 Celebrity Sports Challenge," presented by On The Run(R) at Exxon and emceed
 by Joe Dubin of WKRN-TV Nashville, will be held in the Chevy Sports Zone.
 The Sports Challenge, which is completely booked by Azar, is a fan favorite
 with an astounding array of sports champions and celebrities competing
 alongside artists in friendly team competitions of basketball, football,
 golf, soccer, and more. Participants include:
     -- Terry Ahola, U.S. Olympic Ski Team member
     -- Dave Archer, former NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons/Miami Dolphins)
     -- Aaron Benward, of Blue County
     -- Deana Carter, artist
     -- Jeanne Cho-Hunicke, LPGA Tour player
     -- Steve Cole, former NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns/Philadelphia
     -- Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Tennessee Titans) and two-time Pro-Bowler
        Angela Jerman, LPGA Tour player
     -- Jim Kelly, former NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and NFL Hall of Fame
     -- John-Paul Lavoisier, "Rex Balsom" on ABC Daytime's "One Life to Live"
     -- Ray Lloyd, American pro wrestler and one-time NWA Tag Team Champion
     -- Scott Reeves, of Blue County
     -- Julie Roberts, artist
     -- Jay Teter, artist
     -- Gino Torretta, Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback
        (Seattle Seahawks)
     -- Gary Valentine, "Danny Heffernan" on the CBS' Series "The King of
     -- Mark Wills, artist
     Back by popular demand on Saturday, June 9 (show times 11:30 AM, 1:30
 PM and 3:30 PM/CT) are John Misita and his amazing K9's in Flight -- the
 premiere Frisbee Dog entertainers in the world. With more than 15 years of
 professional experience, they have dazzled audiences in more than 200
 cities and have been seen on The Discovery Channel, ESPN, The Disney
 Channel, Animal Planet, HBO, and more. The amazing K9's in Flight team has
 also toured with Animal Planet, The NFL Experience, and Ringling Brothers
 "Greatest Show on Earth."
     Sunday, June 10 (1:00-3:00 PM/CT), spotlights "The Michael Peterson/New
 Holland Celebrity Tractor Race." During the event, Country Music artists
 and celebrities will race against the clock through an obstacle course on a
 New Holland compact tractor. In addition to Peterson, participants include:
     -- Deborah Allen, artist
     -- Ken Amato, Tennessee Titan
     -- Brian Bandas, of Love & Theft
     -- Rachel Baribeau, "In The Zone" sports talk show host
     -- Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans
     -- Billy Block, host of "Billy Block's Western Beat" radio show
     -- Woody Bradshaw, artist
     -- Lane Brody, artist
     -- Lee Brice, artist
     -- Brad Cotter, "Nashville Star" winner season two
     -- Stacey David, host Spike TV
     -- Billy Dean, artist
     -- Todd Fritsch, artist
     -- Eric Gunderson, of Love & Theft
     -- Ben Hartsock, Tennessee Titan
     -- Ty Herndon, artist
     -- Joe Jobe, CEO of National Biodiesel Board
     -- Cledus T. Judd, artist/contestant VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club"
     -- Kelly Keagy, member Night Ranger rock band
     -- Josh Leo, songwriter
     -- Stephen Barker Lilies, of Love & Theft
     -- Daniel Loper, Tennessee Titan
     -- Rockie Lynne, artist
     -- Memarie, artist
     -- Armond Morales, founding member of  "The Imperials"
     -- Cactus Moser, former member Highway 101
     -- Robert K. Oermann, music journalist
     -- Jimmy Olander, member of Diamond Rio
     -- Robert Ellis Orrall, artist
     -- Billy Pierson, artist
     -- Bobby Pinson, artist/songwriter
     -- Colt Prather, artist
     -- Michael Roos, Tennessee Titan
     -- DJ Skelton, active duty Captain U.S. Army
     -- Arlos Smith, two time SESAC Songwriter of the Year
     -- Storme Warren, GAC Great American Country host
     -- Deniece Williams, pop star
     -- D. Vincent Williams, songwriter
     -- Billy Yates, artist
     "When approached by CMA about a tractor race featuring celebrity
 drivers, the concept was not only greeted with great enthusiasm, but the
 CMA staff worked closely with us to assure that the program would be a
 success," said Peterson, celebrity spokesperson for New Holland. "The
 teamwork we shared with the CMA, along with the true professional
 friendship we developed together, was the backbone of our success and the
 reason we are back again in 2007. When you work with great people, great
 ideas happen, and we're proud to now be a successful part of this
 tremendous music festival."
     A New Holland Boomer compact tractor that was signed by last year's
 participating celebrities will be available through an online auction until
 midnight on Saturday, June 9. Half of the winning bid will be donated to
 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the other half will go to
 Habitat for Humanity on behalf of 2006 Tractor Race champ, Wade Hayes. The
 online winner will be announced at the race on Sunday, June 10. This year's
 autographed tractor will be offered on the virtual auction block, too; once
 again the winning driver picks his or her favorite charity for half of New
 Holland's donation, with the rest going to the National Future Farmers of
     The Chevy Sports Zone will host many other activities and displays
 sponsored by Chevrolet throughout the four days of CMA Music Festival.
 Chevy is one of the most dominate forces in the racing circuit. From NASCAR
 to the American Le Mans, road racing to off-road truck competition, Chevy
 has raced almost everywhere and won. The Chevy Racing Tour celebrates this
 fact and lets you get an up-close look at a few of the vehicles that have
 helped inspire the next big, revolutionary ideas from Chevrolet. Check out
 the following vehicles at the Chevy display: No. 8 Monte Carlo Cup Car, No.
 48 Monte Carlo Cup Car, ALMS Corvette C6.R, Race Modified Cobalt Drag Car,
 the SEMA "427" Silverado and Orange County Choppers Silverado, plus Static
 Race Car engines, and a special visit from one of NASCAR's most beloved
 cars, the No. 3 car. Chevy will also provide you an opportunity to take a
 picture with this storied NASCAR vehicle.
     While in the Chevy Sports Zone, you can take a ride on the Chevy FLW
 Ranger Boat Simulator. You can also answer the call to recycle with the
 Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, with information about how to
 recycle used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones to help
 preserve our own natural resources.
     If you need a bite to eat, grab a snack from Back Yard Burger.
 Additional exhibitors include, Bluegreen Corp, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Dasani
 Plus, Full Throttle, Holiday Inn, Mossy Oak Apparel, Nashville Sounds, On
 the Run(R) at Exxon, Vanderbilt EMT Services and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA.
     To order tickets for the 2007 CMA Music Festival call 1-800-CMA-FEST
 (262-3378); visit to download an order form to fax
 or mail; visit to buy online or charge-by-phone
 at (615) 255-9600.
     Tickets to the individual Nightly Concerts are on sale for $40 for
 reserved seats and $30 for general admission in the upper deck of LP Field
 (plus applicable handling fees) by visiting to
 buy online; or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600 or 1-800-CMA-FEST
 (262-3378). The Nightly Concerts are also included in the Festival's
 four-day ticket packages, which can be purchased through the same means.
     For up-to-the-minute information about travel information, schedules,
 artists appearing and more, visit and sign up for e-
 news or purchase official CMA Music Festival merchandise.
     Chevrolet has extended its long-time partnership with the Country Music
 Association for an additional three years, making Chevy the Official Ride
 of Country Music through at least 2009. Chevrolet, a division of General
 Motors Corp. (NYSE:   GM), is one of America's best-selling automotive
 brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the
 leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced
 $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every
 vehicle category. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance
 and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive
     CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music
 Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA
 Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster.
 Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Borders(R) Books & Music: The
 Official Music & Book retailer of the CMA Music Festival. Additional
 promotional partners include Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines,
 AT&T-Tennessee, Back Yard Burger, BMI, Carl Black Chevrolet, CiCi's
 Pizza(R), CMT(R), Coca-Cola(R), Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum,
 Country Weekly, Coyote Ugly(R) Saloon, Crisco(R), Davidson County Sheriff's
 Department, Digital Rodeo, Dr Pepper(R), GAC Great American Country, GEICO,
 Gibson Guitar(R), Gillette Venus(R) Breeze, Grand Ole Opry, Greased
 Lightning Cleaning Products(R), Hard Rock Cafe Nashville,
 Hewlett-Packard(R), Loveless Cafe, Mossy Oak Apparel, Music Festivals(R),
 Nashville Fire Department, New Holland Agriculture Equipment S.p.A., Office
 Depot(R), On the Run(R) at Exxon, Prilosec OTC(R), Purity(R) Dairies,
 Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling
 Hall, Second Harvest Food Bank, Shane Co., Sharpie, The Sportsman
 Channel(R), Super 8(R), Tennessee Education Lottery Corp(R)., T.G.I
 Friday's(R), Whirlpool(R), Wrangler(R), Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, and Yankee
 Candle(R). EMT services are provided by Vanderbilt Sports Medicine and
 Vanderbilt Life Flight. Smucker's(R), JIF(R), Crisco(R), Hungry Jack(R),
 Martha White(R) and White Lily(R) are registered trademarks of The J.M.
 Smucker Company. Fan Fair(R) is a registered trademark of CMA. For
 information, logos and downloadable photos, visit our media-only website,

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