Martinsville’s Bobby Helms tribute concert a success

The rainy weather couldn’t stop the late Bobby Helms celebration on Sunday night.

Everything except the carriage and train, the nursery and the tree lights were moved to the Glenn Curtis Gymnasium at John R. Wooden Middle School.

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Celebration organizer Rob Helm, son of Bobby Helms, said event organizers were concerned about humidity in the sound systems and heavy rain forecast for Sunday evening around the time of the tree lighting ceremony.

Helm said organizers announced the change on social media and urged people to be notified of the change.

When the celebration began around 3 p.m., there were around 100 people in attendance.

By 5 p.m. the crowd had increased to fill the lower bleachers and about a third of the seats on the second floor.

The Isaac Family Band performs Sunday afternoon at the Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rocks concert.

Helms was very happy with the participation. He said the success of the celebration was the result of the hard work of his staff to make the event a success.

Bobby Helms has written and performed a number of songs over the years. His most popular song he released was the Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Song.

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He released the song in 1957. Over the years it has been performed by many bands and in 2020 the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts when it peaked at number three.

The performance lasted until around 6:30 a.m.

At that time, everyone was invited to come to the downtown plaza for the third annual tree-lighting ceremony.

There, shortly after 7 p.m. and a countdown from Santa, the switch was flipped and the tree lit up.

Fortunately, it had stopped raining.

A horse-drawn carriage offers rides in downtown Martinsville on Sundays.

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