The City of Bastrop has once again collaborated with Healthy Blue to bring the second concert of the year to Dotson Park, and it will not be the last, said Jay Blackmon-Williams, director of community development.

The festival had an excellent turnout of around 500 people coming to watch performances by the Hawkins Family, the Bearded Ladies, the Taylormade Band, MP Soul and D.J. Blakk, Blackmon-Williams said.

"Dotson Park is the perfect natural amphitheater," he said. "We had a good time with music, food, craft vendors, a basketball tournament and health screenings."

At the event, Healthy Blue presented a check for $12,000 to the city in order to pay for the three music festivals this year, he said.

"One we had was in April, then there was this one this past weekend, and we will have another concert at the end of the year," he said. "Healthy Blue realized they have a larger client base here in Morehouse Parish than in any other parish. They have decided to become more active and involved in the community. These festivals are their way of coming into the community. People in Bastrop can expect to see more things from Healthy Blue."

Blackmon-Williams said in the near future there will be a back-to-school drive sponsored by Healthy Blue that will be held at the Dotson Gym.