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ALL  2018 FESTIVALS ARE LISTED HERE, SpringFest at the Oak Tree in Anita, Apr. 27-28-29, National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, Aug. 27-Sept 2, and the Old Time Rural Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, October 5-6-7


43rd National Old

Time Music Festival

Plymouth County Fairgrounds, LeMars, Iowa

All stages handicap accessible

August 27-September 2, 2018

We are trying to down-size our festival to accommodate the smaller audiences we are receiving, due mostly to losing our loyal fans and supporters.  If we can do that, take care and watch for date changes, possibly Thur-Sun only.  Fremont will stay like it is.  THANK YOU for supporting all these many years, we just need to find a way to increase attendance, or decrease costs.

10 STAGES  of entertainment for seven straight days!



Terry Smith from Nashville Far sides Banks of Jordan

Dave Berg from California

Kenaston Family from Nebraska

Stew Clayton from Canada

Dale Eichor from Iowa

Greta Elkin from Ireland

Jenny Blackadder from New Zealand

Bobby Darren from Wisconsin

Buck Helton from Texas

David Davis Bluegrass Band from Alabama

Lucy Jackson from Arkansas

Wade Landry (Cajun fiddler) from Branson, Missouri

Wolfe Milestone from Canada

Harry Rusk from Canada

Terry Robbins from Alabama

Little Riddles from Minnesota

Jan Schiferl from Nebraska

Marty Davis from Oregon

Barry Ward from Kansas

Carolina Express from North Carolina

Bryan Chalker from England

Don Joy & Melanie Lynn from Missouri

Aspen & Alice Black from Virginia

Slim Forsythe from Pennsylvania

Luanne Hunt from California

Allen Karl from Maryland

Donna Cunningham from Ohio

Michael T. Wall from Newfoundland

Mike Johnson from Virginia

Aces & Eights from South Dakota

Jacob Austin Band from Texas

Back In The Saddle from California (on Fremont)

Curt Shoemaker from Kansas (on Fremont)

Dan Bowers from Arkansas

Stew Clayton from Canada

Lee & Richard Carr from Texas

Don Diemer from Colorado

Danny Darren from Wisconsin

Mike Felten from Illinois

Paul Flora from Texas

Keith Hiatt from North Carolina

Dean Hudlow from Oklahoma

Jim & Jerry Hughes from West Virginia

Clarence Hayden from Kansas

Leland Jones from Missouri

Allen & Nancy Jensen from Minnesota

Adam Knight Family from Tennessee

Little Riddles from Minnesota

Carol Markstrom from West Virginia

Lee Muller from Kansas

Elaine Peacock from South Dakota

Maria Petersen from Germany

Art Peterson from California

Don Ray from Missouri

Jack Radcliffe from Massachusetts

Betty Rydell & Judge Bearse from Minnesota

Christian Scholl from South Dakota

Janine Sherry from Minnesota

Andy Stanley from Michigan

Alex Smith from Vermont

Dennis Stroughmatt from Illinois

Don Taylor from Missouri

Gordon Wilcox from Canada

Tom & Bernie Worrell from Florida

Workshop Band from Wisconsin


Annie & Teri Avery - Ron Affolter - Allyn Anderson - Rick & Harriette Andersen - David Anderson - Joan Brooking - Rick Borg - Samuel Branstetter - Bonnie Banks - Rich Bellert - Dan Bowers - Sammy Cook - Tammy Christensen - Charlie Daniels - Kathy Dovel - Ron Dupuy - John & Marjorie Duttweiler - Cynthia DeMarco - Rochelle Dumler - Terry Durr - Dale & Caroline Eicher - Barb & Dale Frazier - Teressa Franken - Sandy Good - Kathy Graeve - Bob Gillis Band - David Green - Dori Lund - Casey Hughes - Francis & Jeannie Hahn - Jerry & Maggie Hughes - Mike & Tesa Heldenbrand - Greg Haverdink - Carol Hartig - Chari & Louie Heldenbrand - Emma Lin Heyen - Dale & Jeanne Heeren - Jim Hughes & Shirley McCord - Terry Juhl - Mark Jenkins - Jay & Joyce Kelly - Mitch Kephart - SBob Keim - Sharon Kenaston -  Rod & Tonga Luther - Sandhills Harmony - Jack Langley - Freddie Larson - Kenny & Janette Luellen - Matney Sisters - Ted & Alice Miller - Jeffrey Messerole - Ken Melhus - Keith Miller - Donnie Miller - Rayne Magill - Shirley Miller & The Orange City Music Makers - James & Joyce Norris - Russ Nordman - Walt Peterson - Big John & Connie Pedersen - Ervin Pickhinke - Kim Plender - Elaine Peacock - Walter Pogue - Maria & Roger Petersen - Jim Mohatt & Plum Tuickered Band - Mary Channer Paul & Molly - Dwayne Reed Family - Wayne Roberts - Stangl Family - Tom Sharman - Don & Carolyn Schleis - Jackie Shewey - Jan Schiferl - Bob Sweeney - Dudley Clair Thompson - Don Taft - Frank Tuma - Fred & Dorthy Techau & Marilyn - Kurt & Deb Von Sternberg - Paul Wold - Don Wrolson - Dick & Wilma Wynne - Gary & Janet Wiedeman  -

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. 


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.


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 burgers - cheeseburgers - wood-fired pizza - cheese curds - turkey legs - pulled pork - chicken with rice - brisket - egg roll - ribbon fries - plantains - chili dogs - steak fingers -  to an authentic 'Philly" sandwich, and just about everything in between from  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 5-6-7, 2018

Last big Midwest festival of the year
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 over 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 over 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 for 2018 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 2018 is an RFD-TV special featuring performing artists who have appeared on various country and bluegrass shows on that network.  The Kenaston Family, Bob & Sheila Everhart, Bobby Darren, Terry Smith, Curt Shoemaker, Back In The Saddle (from Calif.) Terry Robbins (from Alabama) Dale Eichor, Jacob Austin Band (from Texas), ALL of them prime time professional artists that have appeared on 'Midwest Country' and other RFD-TV national television shows, and other media outlets. Also expect to see invited performers: Emma Lin Heyen, Dave Elifrits, Betty Rydell, Mark Jenkins, Jay Kelly, Mike Behnk, Francis Hahn, Rayne Magill, Kathy Dovel, Lee Muller, Tommy Buller, Eldon Hardekopf, Jack Langley, Rick & Harriette Andersen, Outta Gas, Dwayne Reed Family, Molly & Mary Channer Paul, Ed Bearse, Bob Keim, David Green, Down Home Dulcimers, Chari Heldenbrand, Don Diemer, and many more.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Econo-Inn - 402-721-4310
Super-8 - 402-727-4445
Rodeway Inn - 800-916-4339
Countryside Inn - 402-721-1109