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LAGRANGE — For the first time in 25 years, there won’t be a LaGrange Firefighters Association country concert.

According to LaGrange Fire Chief Jim Rader, the high cost to bring big entertainers to the small town is the reason behind the cancellation.

“We are no longer doing the country music shows,” Rader said. “The cost of entertainers has made it nearly impossible to keep ticket prices reasonable.”

The 25-year tradition also was a fundraiser for the LaGrange Firefighters Association, Rader said.

Rader said the country concert was the largest fundraising event for the department. Over the years, it has allowed the group to purchase an equipment truck, 25 pagers for all volunteers to carry, and a roof ventilation chainsaw.

With the loss of the country music show, the LaGrange Firefighters Association will have to look for other ways to offset the cost of new equipment.

A local store is planning to help ease the burden.

LaGrange IGA has stepped in to help with a summer fundraiser — a car show.

Store manager Erica Domec said the local business knows the association needs to continue its fundraising efforts and is happy to help.

“We just want to continue to help the fire department because we want to give back to the community,” Domec said. Contact Melissa Linebrink at (440) 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.

“We decided to help them by hosting the annual car show on July 20, and all the money raised goes directly to the fire department,” Domec said Saturday.

Domec added that she has been in discussions with the LaGrange Fire Department regarding other fundraising efforts.