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
This festival is sponsored by Royal Flair Music Publishing Company affiliated with BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., and the Iowa Agricultural Expo, a presentation of Rural America's life-style, from agricultural living to agricultural artistic and musical aspirations. It has been held separately in conjunction with the Plymouth County Fair at LeMars, Iowa. Prior to that it was held in conjunction with the Harrison County Fair in Missouri Valley, Iowa; the Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca, Iowa, and West-Fair in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
10 STAGES of entertainment for seven straight days!
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HERE ARE A FEW GREAT PERFORMERS FROM OUT-OF-STATE THAT WERE WITH US IN 2017. WATCH FOR 2018 LINE-UP......COMING SOON.
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
HERE'S THE REST OF THE ENTERTAINERS AND FESTIVAL HELPERS , I'LL PROBABLY MISS A FEW THERE ARE SO MANY.
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.
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 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
WATCH FOR BIG NEWS FOR 2019 AS WE MOVE THE 44TH NATIONAL OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO THIS LOCATION.
650 Main St
3 miles south of I-80, Exit-70