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A Variety of Entertainment Is Scheduled For Sesqui

By Staff | Jun 26, 2008

Everyone will find something to enjoy amid the acts scheduled for Palo Alto County’s Sesquicentennial Celebration July 4-5. Entertainment ranging from polka and acoustic rock-n-roll music to Native American dance and a water ski show are planned.

Featured acts will perform on stages located at Soper Park and on the waters of Five Island Lake.

On Friday, July 4, a variety of entertainment is planned to celebrate the Sesquicentennial and Independence Day.

The Marv Nissel Polka Band from New Ulm, Minnesota, will play their unique blend of German, Polish, and country-style polka from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The group–consisting of Marv and Carol Nissel and their daughter, son-in-law, and friend-has been voted the Number One Variety Band in Minnesota by the Minnesota Ballroom Operators Association. The band has also been consistently recognized by the Association for their outstanding contribution to the ballroom industry and for providing top quality dance music.

At 1 p.m., following the address by Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad, the Emmetsburg Municipal Band will play their final concert of the summer.

At 2 p.m., gather round Five Island Lake to watch the Waterhawks Ski Team! The team is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The Waterloo-based group performs both show skiing and three-event skiing, and have taken the State Three-Event and Show team titles for numerous years. During 2004, 2005, and 2006, the Show Team qualified to attend the National Ski Show Championships Division I and finished in the top ten.

Another favorite is returning to Emmetsburg-The Irish Minstrels from Spring Valley, Minnesota-and will perform for the crowd from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The quartet, on fiddle, bodhran, whistle, mandolin, and guitar, enjoy performing foot stomping, hand clapping sing-a-longs, sea shanties, rollicking fiddle tunes, original compositions, and beautiful ballads of Irish genre.

At 7 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial Pagent will get underway. Six Queen candidates and five Princess contestants are slated to vie for their respective titles. Joe Feauto, vocalist and guitarist, will entertain during the pageant.

Local talent will then take to the stage. Individuals already lined up to perform include Wayne Smith, Bob Pettit, Jared Madsen, Sarah Matthews, Hannah Bird, and Bob Sackett. In addition, Brent McAllister and Brian Garrels will re-enact the “Who’s On First” skit from the Main Street Community Theater production of “G.I. Jukebox.”

If interested in participating, performers may contact organizer Jackie VanOosbree at 712-480-3766 or 712-852-3755 up until the day of the show.

Wrapping up Friday’s festivities will be the Boat Parade on Five Island Lake at 9 p.m. followed by Fireworks over the water. Those interested in registering for the Boat Parade may contact Don Nauss at 712-852-4780. Prizes will be given.

On Saturday, July 5, following the Sesquicentennial parade, Soper Park will be the place to be for a Native American group, led by Reuben Fast Horse, and Doc Anderson’s Authentic Traveling Medicine Show. Both groups will be performing together.

Reuben Fast Horse is a traditional Lakota singer, dancer, flutist, drummer, craftsman, storyteller, and educator. Fast Horse and his family tour the United States performing and speaking at festivals, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools.

The Medicine Show will bring its colorful antique-style wagon decorated with circus banners. Doc Anderson will play the shell game, three-card monte, display the Bungling Bros. Bowser & Beagle Flea Circus, and the Side Show in a Box.

Local talent will again grace the Soper Park stage on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. followed by the acoustic rock of Havelock native Larry Myer.

Myer, a singer/songwriter, has played more than 200 towns in Iowa and in more than half the states throughout the U.S. He has released two recordings and is a winner of the Branson Songwriting Contest.

The evening will end with an outdoor concert by Lee Greenwood, followed by fireworks at Wild Rose Casino. Tickets to the Lee Greenwood concert are available to purchase by calling 712-852-3400.

Area teens are invited to the Teen Dance at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be given, and free pop and snacks will be provided.