Big Hair Country Fair 2013 Wrap-Up

Wow! This year’s Big Hair Country fair was our biggest yet. And we couldn’t have done it without you!

Janet Allen and Vicky Gregg enjoyed the Cake Walk carnival game. See more photos from Big Hair Country Fair the Creative Action Facebook page.

Thanks to you we raised $150,000 to help further arts and character education to children and youth across Central Texas — that’s more than double the amount we raised last year!

“We couldn’t be happier,” says Karen LaShelle, executive and creative director of Creative Action. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who helped make the evening a success.”

Did you get your photo taken at our Photo Booth? See them all on the Creative Action Flickr page!

Co-chairs Elisabeth Tyneberg and Fredericka Middleton rallied a stellar committee to create one of the funnest, most magical nights in our history. More than 350 attendees made the pilgrimage to the Salt Lick Pavilion to enjoy delicious barbeque, Deep Eddy Vodka and the good company of friends… and an out-of-control mechanical bull!

David Clifton was one of many guests who braved the mechanical bull. See more fun photos on the Creative Action Facebook page. Like us!

Every element of the fundraiser was a success. Guests competed for live and silent auction packages including a sailboat trip through the British Virgin Islands and a five-night stay in an artists cottage in Marfa. Tickets for the carnival games were also a hot item. And many friends and supporters pitched in during “raise the paddles.”

Elisabeth Tynberg celebrates a winning bid. Thanks to all our bidders!

The highlight of this year’s Big Hair Country Fair was the earnest and moving performance by Creative Action’s Changing Lives youth ensemble. Changing Lives, a collaborative project with Safeplace, recruits youth from across all walks of life and invites them to share, create and perform their own work throughout the school year. In 2012, Changing Lives was a finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts.

The Changing Lives youth ensemble gave a powerful performance! Just one of the many programs we offer — all to help more Austin youth grow socially and emotionally.

“Changing Lives is always a show-stopper,” says LaShelle. “It’s amazing to hear these young people describe in their own words the pressure they’re feeling from their peers and the media. And to offer solutions.”

Changing Lives is just one of many Creative Action projects that inspire children and youth to channel their creativity for their own personal growth. Creative Action hires teaching artists to take our programs into schools and into the community. In 2012 more than 16,000 Austin kids participated in a Creative Action program.

Guests take in the Changing Lives performance. Every day Creative Action takes programming like this to more than 16,000 Central Texas kids. See more photos like this on the Creative Action Instagram page.

Every guest of Big Hair Country Fair is invited to get involved! Creative Action works with hundreds of volunteers; public, private and parochial schools, community events and donors to take our programming to more Austin kids. Ready to learn more? Send us a note – we’d be happy to help!

(Love what we do? Make sure to sign up your kids for our popular Summer Camps!)

Real Ale Brewing Company
Jackson Walker, L.L.P.
QuickDraw Photo Booth
Dru Brown of Wilson Goldrick Realtors
Coco Coquette
Gary Knight of Merrill Lynch
Deep Eddy Vodka

Media Sponsors
Austin American-Statesman
Austin Chronicle
GivingCity Austin

Event Co-Chairs
Fredericka Middleton
Elisabeth Tynberg

Event Committee
Laura Buehler
Chris Cavner
Carly Christopher
Susan Kirr
Marnie Near
Monica Gill
Meredith Walker
Virginia McRee
Sallie Wright Milam

Host Committee
Janet and Wilson Allen
Clary and Mark Auler
Sabrina and Jay Brown
Dru Brown
Suzanne and Colby Denison
Bruce Ezell
Melissa and Monte Goertz
Mary and Chico Korth
Clayton and Andrew Maebius
Carrie and Jeff McDowell
Fredericka and David Middleton
Wendy and Bruce Nakfoor
Marnie and Dave Near
Sharon and Tim Peddecord
Elizabeth and Rob Rogers
Gretchen and Daniel Scardino
Rich and Anne Smalling
Danielle and Kevin Sweeney
Elisabeth and Alex Tynberg

Get your Big Hair tickets here!

Cowboy Boot Flower Bouquet

6:30 – 10:30 pm
Salt Lick Pavilion
(just a little drive down from the Salt Lick)
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX

It’s not too late to buy tickets! You know we’ll just grab another chair for you, so please don’t hesitate to join us.

One of the best ways to learn more about an organization is to attend one of its fundraisers. You’ll get the organization at its best, with all staff on-hand to be your host and make sure you enjoy the evening.

The Big Hair Country Fair on March 23 is no exception. The night will be a great combination of food, games, dancing — and even a show! Our Changing Lives youth ensemble will perform a few short pieces from their production. This is a group of young adults from all over Austin performing work they created themselves with a professional teaching artist. Everyone who sees these performances are stunned and amazed, so you won’t want to miss that 8 p.m. show.

If that’s not enough, we’ll also have a mechanical bull (bring a camera!) and two hot bands — Chaparral, a house favorite at the Broken Spoke, and Brave Combo, a world-famous band from Austin.

Get in the mood! Check out the photos from the 2012 Big Hair Country Fair.

Get your tickets now! Just click here to pick up a few tickets. Remember, proceeds from the event go toward providing arts education for more than 16,000 kids in Austin. Thank you!


Save The Date

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

It’s time to save the date for Creative Action’s 2nd annual Big Hair Country Fair, where everything is BIG, not just the hair!  This not-to-be-missed event will take place on Saturday night, March 23, 2013.

Nestled under the old oak trees at the Salt Lick pavilion, attendees will enjoy all you can eat BBQ and a flowing open bar, play wild carnival games, get their hair done by some of Austin’s best coiffeurs, and snap photos in a vintage western photo booth.  They will also be entertained all night long by the musical styles of two great bands.

This is a key fundraising event for Creative Action and we could not have been so successful in previous years without the wonderful support from our community: attending the event, sponsoring the event, and donating fabulous prizes for our auction.  If you are interested in any of these great opportunities, please contact me at