Blake Shelton could be the president of his hometown if such an office existed.
Even in the frigid tundra of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on a winter’s night, if Blake is playing a show, fans will line up outside in the cold to support it.
Blake recently performed two shows back home at his Ole Red bar for a really, really good cause, and the fans came out in droves to see their local pride and joy.
When news outlet KTEN questioned two fans waiting to see him, “Why Blake?” they had our favorite responses of the year.
“Have you seen him?” Jennifer Murnock asked back! “He is the sexiest man alive!” her pal Christi Murfitt added.
It’s hard to argue with that, y’all.
And of course, it’s all for the park. You see, Blake had this amazing idea to spruce up the local town park and give it a little something extra to delight local kids in the summer months.
“I’d like to sit here and take credit for the idea of a park, but we already had one in Tishomingo,” Blake joked to KTEN.
“It’s hard to imagine it right now as I’m freezing to death here in Tishomingo, but we’re going to add water park things to Pennington Park.”
Blake told KTEN that he got the idea to revamp his hometown spot from a park in Cincinnati with slides and a river area.
“I think that’s extremely special and it shows to his character,” Tishomingo mayor Tom Lockey told the TV station.
And you know that Blake, being all humble and modest, claims he has the easy part—just raising the money by doing what he does best!
“I just go, ‘Hey I’m gonna go do these two shows and raise all the money, and then you city people figure out how to do this.’”
Residents are super happy about it, too. Blake fan John Moody told KTEN, “It’s really good for small towns, and it’s fun. It’s going to be a destination … it already is. So folks can come here and have good clean fun and clean music and enjoy this town.”
Blake and the Ryman Hospitality Properties’ $50,000 donation to the cause will get put to use right away. The mayor said the splash pad should be finished by the summer, although the water slides would take a bit longer to set in motion.
But what fun it will be for Blake’s hometown!
Locals also had a blast at the shows, especially the one where Blake’s Valentine, Gwen Stefani, showed up and sang with him onstage. Read more about that moment here.