WARSAW – Susie McEntire returns for her sixth consecutive visit to Warsaw when she performs a Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 14 at Lakeview Middle School.
McEntire, the sister of country music legend Reba McEntire, has her own musical career. In 1993, Susie released a debut solo record, scoring several hits on Christian country radio. Several other solo albums followed in the 1990s and 2000s. She was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Her affinity with Warsaw began six years ago when she performed during the Kosciusko County Community 4-H Fair.
Mike Loher, who helped arrange that show then took it upon himself to bring her back for a Toys For Tots benefit show in December.
And then it became a regular thing with McEntire returning each year since with her husband, Mark Eaton.
Together, they’ve been turning it into a weekend of activities in Warsaw. In previous years, McEntire would do a show on Saturday and then the two would perform at a church on Sunday. In previous years, Eaton has led a men’s conference on Sunday.
This year, they’ll visit Kosciusko County Jail’s drug program, known as JCAP, on Saturday.
They’ll be at Leesburg United Methodist Church for a Sunday morning service.
“We’ve kind of inmeshed ourselves in the community. I’ve come to enjoy it,” McEntire said earlier this week while in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo which has cowboy church services at South Point Hotel & Casino that she’s been involved with for years.
But visits to Warsaw have become a tradition, thanks in part to Loher, who enjoys organizing and promoting concerts locally.
“We’ve established a relationship with several of the couples that help Mike to put this show on,” she added.
Saturday’s show will include Christmas music and some country songs that are “relatable to the Christmas season,” she said.
The Country Christmas show is free and open to the public, but concertgoers are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots.
The show will include a special appearance by Warsaw Christian School Choir and the Class Act Dance Troupe.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.