ALL THREE 2017 FESTIVALS ARE LISTED HERE, SpringFest in Anita, Iowa April 28-29-30; National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, Aug. 28-Sept 3; and the Old Time Rural Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, October 6-7-8
Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa
April 28-29-30, 2017
Friday, April 28 -6pm-10pm
Saturday, April 29 - 10am-2pm
Saturday, April 29 - 3pm-10pm
Sunday, April 30 - 10am-2pm - includes 'Cowboy Church'
Regular admission is $7 per show, or all four of them for $20. These programs are included in the Season Pass which can be purchased this weekend to cover the entire season of programs at considerable savings at $145, which includes 18 shows (normally $180 this is quite a savings), 'and' you keep the same seat through the entire season. You get free coffee, and you can 'lend' your ticket to a friend if you can't make a show.
This festival was started as a fund-raiser for repairs to the old theater building that Bob & Sheila Everhart restored 20 years ago, and called it the Oak Tree Opry. So many gifted performers showed up to help on the first benefit show, ever since it's been three days long to accommodate the many gifted performers that give of their time and talent. Since the building is old, and growing older, Bob & Sheila continue to use the proceeds for building upkeep to keep 'real' country music alive and well.
We already have a stellar line-up of invited performers preparing to be with us: Our special guest emcee is Bob Duff from California who really likes to come back to his hometown of Anita to help us with this charity program. Also expect to see Clarence Heyden (Friday night only); and all weekend Rick & Harriette Andersen; Francis Hahn; David Green; Bob & Sheila Everhart; Kathy Graeve; Ron Affolter; Don Diemer; Joan Brooking; Bill Hedren; Red Johnson; Nick Fischer & Monica; Betty Rydell; Lee Muller; Calvin Duhacek & a special guest accordionist; Judge Ed Bearse; Ron Dupuy; Terri & Annie Avery; Don Taft; and many more. As we get ready to schedule, please give us a call if you'd like to perform.
42nd National Old
Time Music Festival
Plymouth County Fairgrounds, LeMars, Iowa
August 28-September 3, 2017
10 STAGES of entertainment for seven straight days!
On tap early: Jeannie Seely from Grand Ole Opry and Bobby Lewis, the guy who played a lute on the GOO.
More than 500 acoustic entertainers, from around the world, show up to perform America's old-time music, traditional country, bluegrass, folk, blues, mountain, hillbilly, everything that was once a popular genre among rural folks. Our destination in music is, and always has been, 'excellence' and you will find it with those performers on the MAIN STAGE. There are also other stages for workshops; a stage for contests; a stage dedicated to the Dobro; a stage in the rendezvous tipi village with intimate folk music, and without a sound system; a dance hall with six great old-time dances (waltz's and polka's to the Texas two step); A Pioneer Stage devoted to smaller acts and bands; a Gospel stage devoted to the spiritual music of our pioneers and settlers; three hosted 'jamming' stages (all with sound systems) and one jamming stage without a sound system.
It takes a ton of money to put a festival of this size and length. It costs $7,000 rental fee to the fairgrounds, and an additional $5,000 to them for utilities fees. That means we have to charge an admission, but for ten stages plus celebrities on the weekend, it certainly isn't much. Once you have your ticket, it covers everything on the grounds. One day adult admission, for all ten stages, is $20 Mon-Thur. $25 Fri-Sun, and get this anyone under the age of 18 gets in 'free' of charge. An adult 7-day season pass is only $80 making it just over $10 a day for all ten stages. That's $1 a stage. Hard to beat that. Please ask about our special bus-load admission prices.
There is a huge parking area right next to the staging complex, very easy to walk the short distance to any of the major stages. The parking fee is $2 per day for each vehicle utilizing the fairground property to park a vehicle.
We have 300 20-amp electrical hook-ups and lesser 30-amp and 50-amp (first come first serve, no reservations) Camping is on a level grassy field only steps from the entire ten-stage complex. Sidewalks and easy walking make all of the buildings handicapped accessible. Camping fees with electric are only $15 a day. There are sharing water taps available, and there is a dump station just across the street from us. If you choose to camp in a tent, it's only $10 a day. A car accompanying a camper is free.
ARTS & CRAFTS
We have three indoor building opportunities for vendor space. We appreciate and favor anything of a pioneer nature. We do not allow items of violence or items of a sexual nature or items that make noise. Spaces are 10x10 inside (locked at night) with security. Each space is $80 for the duration. You get one free gate pass with each space. You can set up when you please, but you rent the space for all seven days. We have outdoor space available too, sitting up in the food court or nearby where there is a lot of foot traffic. You need to supply your own 10x20 canopy. We even have an area set aside for flea market sales.
TIPI RENDEZVOUS VILLAGE
Located in an old pioneer ghost town, this even older 'village' is home to a large group of rendezvous folks who live in tipis and tents, sell pioneer style merchandise, and have a very intimate folk music stage in their midst. New entrants interested in the same lifestyle need to apply to participate. All fees for the festival are waived if you qualify. They not only have a 'Lap Dulcimer Gathering' in the Village, they also have an 'Old Time Fiddler's Convention,' as well as an 'Autoharp Gathering.' Spend some relaxing time in a very peaceful atmosphere.
We pride ourselves in having good food at this event. Everything from wood-fired pizza to an authentic 'Philly" sandwich, and just about everything in between from funnel cakes to kettle korn, ice cream to soda pop, and hamburgers to potato ribbons. Not expensive either.
Holiday Inn Express - 712-546-1700
Baymont Inn - 712-546-4910
EconoLodge - 712-546-8800
Amber Inn - 712-546-7066
Guesthouse (in Marcus, Iowa, 19 miles east) 712-376-4844
There are also many motels in Sioux City, Orange City, and Remsen, easy drive
31st Old-Time Rural Music Gathering
Christensen Field House, Fremont, Nebraska
October 6-7-8, 2017
650 Main St
3 miles south of I-80, Exit-70