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Country Star Rodney Atkins will headline Family Fest 2012 at Wolf Pen Creak on May 12.

Family Fest 2012 will take over Wolf Pen Creek in College Station on May 12 with a daylong lineup of music, food and kid-friendly activities all in support of a local nonprofit that has family at the heart of its mission. Country music award winner Rodney Atkins will be headlining at this unprecedented Brazos Valley family event.

Atkins’ country music career is rich with accomplishment including six number one hits like “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent smashes, “Take A Back Road,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” His work has been nominated for multiple awards including Song of the Year, Top Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and more.

Atkins’ life hasn’t always been so blessed; his infancy seemed very bleak at first having survived three adoptions. Rodney was born to a frightened teenager who became pregnant after a traumatic first date. She chose adoption for him instead of having an abortion, but her plans took some time to hit their mark. His first adoptive parents soon returned him to the adoption agency after he developed a major respiratory illness. He was adopted a second time, but once again the adoptive parents were not prepared to handle his health issues. By the third adoption, Rodney had a permanent home with Allan and Margaret Atkins. Now, as a wildly successful country music artist, Rodney Atkins has become the spokesperson for the National Council on Adoption. 

Country star Rodney Atkins will headline Family Fest 2012 at Wolf Pen Creak on May 12.

Family Fest 2012 will take over Wolf Pen Creek in College Station on May 12 with a daylong lineup of music, food and kid-friendly activities all in support of a local nonprofit that has family at the heart of its mission. Country music award winner Rodney Atkins will be headlining at this unprecedented Brazos Valley family event.

Atkins’ country music career is rich with accomplishment including six number one hits like “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent smashes, “Take A Back Road,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” His work has been nominated for multiple awards including Song of the Year, Top Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and more.

Atkins’ life hasn’t always been so blessed; his infancy seemed very bleak at first having survived three adoptions. Rodney was born to a frightened teenager who became pregnant after a traumatic first date. She chose adoption for him instead of having an abortion, but her plans took some time to hit their mark. His first adoptive parents soon returned him to the adoption agency after he developed a major respiratory illness. He was adopted a second time, but once again the adoptive parents were not prepared to handle his health issues. By the third adoption, Rodney had a permanent home with Allan and Margaret Atkins. Now, as a wildly successful country music artist, Rodney Atkins has become the spokesperson for the National Council on Adoption. 

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach has created Family Fest as a fundraiser that underscores the agency’s mission of growing healthy families. Daytime entertainment will include two stages of local musical groups, soloists and dance groups.  There will also be carnival games, an interactive Discovery Zone, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, and quad Euro Bungee jump.  Food vendors, merchants of all kinds, karaoke and much more will round out the day.

Local musicians selected through an audition process will preform for 15 to 30 minutes each from 11 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. when Greg Bates will provide the warm-up for the headliner event – Rodney Atkins.  

All proceeds from the event will support the programs led by staff and volunteers from Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach (APO) who work daily to prevent child abuse and neglect in the Brazos Valley. Because children born from unplanned pregnancies face an 80% higher risk for abuse and neglect, APO has three programs that attack this problem: They work with women during pregnancy; they are a licensed adoption agency; and they have an outreach to teen parents because their children face the highest risks imaginable. There are more than 300 births to teen parents every year in Brazos County.

FamilyFest at Wolf Pen Creek on May 12 will raise money so APO can continue this good work. Money from tickets purchased will go towards preventing child abuse and neglect.

For more information about Family Fest on May 12, visit APOFamFest.org.

For more information about APO or to help sponsor or volunteer, contact Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach, Inc., 2501 Texas Ave. South, Suite C-105, College Station, www.PregnancyOutreach.org.