Even the biggest stars have to handle a change of venue every now and again.

    And 27 of Dodge City's amateur songbirds will have to take their show from Wright Park to the Dodge City Civic Center as the threat of storms looms on the horizon.

    But organizers are convinced it won't cut down on the fun of the event.


 Even the biggest stars have to handle a change of venue every now and again.
    And 27 of Dodge City's amateur songbirds will have to take their show from Wright Park to the Dodge City Civic Center as the threat of storms looms on the horizon.
    But organizers are convinced it won't cut down on the fun of the event.
    "There are some prizes, but they really aren't that impressive," said Jim Fronk with Cox Communications. "It's mostly for the fun of it."
    With shows like "American Idol” dominating pop culture, it's no wonder things like Summer Sing remain popular.
    Twenty-seven singers in three different categories — youth, teen and adult — will take the stage at the Civic Center tonight for a chance at bragging rights. But everyone's going to get a bit of the limelight.
    For the first time ever, Cox is going to record the three-hour event, which will then be broadcast on Cox Channel 22 at 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 13 and 23.
    "This is a channel that's seen across the state," Fronk said. "From Topeka to Garden City. So, it will be seen."
    And while it may a be change to have the venue moved from underneath the sky in Wright Park, those involved said the decision was simply a matter of playing it safe.
    Gina Broeckelman, director of operations for the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, said it was a matter of safety for all involved.
    "With the way the weather has looked the past couple nights, we didn't just want to take a chance," she said.
    Broeckelman isn't too concerned about losing spectators, either. With the hot Dodge City sun taken out of the equation and air conditioning taking its place, she said organizers were actually anticipating a larger turnout than usual.
    And for those who like a little dinner with their show, be sure and turn up at 6 p.m., when members of Dodge City's media will serve up free hamburgers to the first 1,500 people with lapel pins.
    Representatives from the Dodge City Daily Globe, Cox Communications, KBSD-TV, KJIL Radio, KSNG, KUPK-TV, and Q-97/ Z-98 will cook and serve hamburgers until supplies are exhausted.

Reach Mark Vierthaler at (620) 408-9908 or e-mail him at mark.vierthaler@dodgeglobe.com.