By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
BEAVERTOWN — Fans of Davy Jones, along with his four surviving daughters, are expected to trek to this small community Saturday for the unveiling of a life-size statue of the late Monkees lead singer, followed by a bed race at the Beaver Springs Dragway.
The event will begin at noon with live music at the Beavertown carnival grounds, 222 Sassafras Ave., near the horse farm Jones owned for more than two decades.
At 3:30 p.m., the statue created by Altoona sculptor Chuck LaMark will be unveiled.
“It’s a labor of love,” LaMark said of his work, which features a likeness of Jones at age 24 and the peak of his music and television career. Jones died in February 2012 at age 66 from a heart attack.
His four daughters are expected to travel from California and England to attend the statue unveiling and participate in the bed race that will follow at about 4 p.m.
Six teams, including “Davy’s Dangerous Daughters,” are registered to compete for a chance to win the Davy Jones Memorial Trophy.
“We’re pleased with the number as this is the first year,” said Freddi Carlip, of Lewisburg, who is participating on a team that also includes state Rep. Fred Keller, of Kreamer, Freddy Keller, Ben Ranck and Matt Farrand.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Middlecreek Area Community Center, for which Jones once served as a fundraising chairman.
The musical lineup for the event includes The Monkeephiles, David Alexander, The Characters, Chris Pick, Alexandra Amrine, Jennifer Anne Alexander, The Blue Meanies and “maybe a guest or two,” Mayor Bill Wagner said.