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FESTIVALS

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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



SpringFest


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.


ADMISSION

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.


CAR PARKING

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.


RV CAMPING

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.


FESTIVAL FOOD

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.


MOTELS

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

Last big Midwest festival of the year
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The last big festival in the upper Midwest that utilizes both electric and acoustic music makers. Everything functions from one main stage at the Christensen Field House, capable of holding 3,000 people.  It was originated by Jack & Florence Arnold some 35 years ago.  After they both passed away, the festival went through a trying and difficult operation by people who didn't really have the knowledge or the desire to keep it going.  Bob & Sheila waited three years after they shut it down, to start it back up as it was done by the Arnolds.  They've been doing it for nearly ten years now.  Much of the same activities, jamming (three different areas, inside and out), arts and crafts, special shows, evening dances on Friday and Saturday nights main stage professional performers, and good food have prevailed. Excellent food in the main arena.  Bring lawn chairs for your own comfort although metal chairs are available.
SPECIAL SHOWS
Special shows for 2017 include a 'very' special "Cowgirl Church" on Sunday morning.  It's a delightful musical Christian church 0ffering, based on the similar 'Cowboy Church.' Another very unique show for 2017 is an RFD-TV special featuring no less than nine performing artists who have appeared on various country and bluegrass shows on that network.  The Kenaston Family; Bob & Sheila Everhart; Bobby Darren; John Rex Reeves, Terry Smith, and Angie Senger.  ALL of them prime time professional artists that have appeared on 'Midwest Country' and other RFD-TV national television shows.
DANCES
The best dance bands in the Midwest find two outstanding groups performing the Fri & Sat night dances. The Kenaston Family who do dances in the Rio Grande Valley in the winter and the upper Midwest in the summer, and Dale Eichor and his Dance Hall Doctors. Expect the two-step, polka, waltz, Texas style, line dancing, just about any kind of dance that has been popular in the upper Midwest.
ADMISSION
The daily fee is $20 per person (under 18 free), or you can purchase a 3-day season pass for $50.  Please ask about our special bus-load prices.
CAR PARKING
It costs $2  a day to park your car on city property. That fee can be paid at the gate when you come in. All parking is on level pavement with one area devoted to handicap parking.
RV PARKING
There is a sizable RV park only a few steps from the main entrance of the Christensen Fieldhouse, with 30-amp electricity 'and' water for $15 a day.  There is a dump station right next to the RV park.  There is also hook-ups on level grass to accommodate overload.  If you choose to camp in a tent, non-electric, it's only $10 per day. A car accompanying a camper is free.
ARTS & CRAFTS
There is adequate space in the rear of the main stage room for vendors.  10x10 space is only $50 for all 3 days (you get one gate pass with each space).  Electricity is $2 per day. E-mail Bob Everhart at [email protected] or call him on his cell phone at 712-249-5989 or his office at 712-762-4363 for information on vending.
MOTELS IN FREMONT
Econo-Inn - 402-721-4310
Super-8 - 402-727-4445
Rodeway Inn - 800-916-4339
Countryside Inn - 402-721-1109