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Summer Promises Entertainment At Wild Rose Casino & Resort

By Staff | Jun 2, 2009

Emmetsburg’s Wild Rose Casino & Resort has been busy insuring that residents of Emmetsburg and the surrounding area have a fun-filled summer. Lots of entertaining acts and activities are planned, with ROSEFEST 2009, Wild Rose’s first-ever outdoor music festival, highlighting the summer of scheduled events.


June kicks off on a funny note with comedian Gary Mule Deer. Mule Deer will perform at Wild Rose Casino and Resort on Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the Wild Rose Ballroom.

Gary Mule Deer has performed on every major concert stage across the country, making more than 350 television appearances, including many on both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”


ROSEFEST will be held over three days and will feature two artists each day, from Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19. Headlining acts include Josh Gracin from the second season of “American Idol,” rock and roll legends The Guess Who, and celebrated singer/songwriter Phil Vassar.

“We’re excited to host ROSEFEST,” said Beth Thompson, Wild Rose Marketing Manager. “It’s something that we’ve been excited to try and we have a very strong line-up. It’ll be a great weekend of entertainment.”

Thompson added that the Palo Alto County Cattlemen will be manning the grills during the outdoor concert event.

Josh Gracin will kick off ROSEFEST on Friday, July 17, with special guest Shawn Mayer. Gracin was first introduced to the American public during the second season of “American Idol,” bringing country music to the pop-oriented TV show. Josh Gracin’s top hit singles include: “I Want to Live,” “Nothin’ to Lose,” “Stay with Me (Brass Bed),” “We Weren’t Crazy,” “Telluride,” and “Favorite State of Mind.”

The Guess Who, with special guests The Nadas, will bring their classic rock sound to ROSEFEST on Saturday, July 18. The Canadian rock and rollers are best known for the songs “These Eyes,” “Clap for the Wolfman,” “Hand Me Down World” “No Time,” “Star Baby,” “Share the Land,” “American Woman,” and “No Sugar Tonight.”

Phil Vassar, with special guests Tonic Sol-fa, are scheduled to close ROSEFEST 2009 on Sunday, July19.

Vassar, a Virginia-born singer, songwriter, and musician, has garnered success with songs like “Just Another Day In Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “Love Is A Beautiful Thing,” and “This Is My Life.”

ROSEFEST 2009 tickets may be purchased per show or as a three-day pass.


The music doesn’t end in July, though. On Sunday, Aug. 2, Wild Rose will bring back the Country Gold Tour. The Tour, which originally appeared at Wild Rose in April, will feature the music of Leroy Van Dyke and Bobby Bare. Two shows will be held on Sunday–at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets for all comedy and musical events are available for purchase through the Iowa Store Gift Shop at Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Emmetsburg, by calling toll free 1-877-720-ROSE or online at www.wildroseresorts.com. Concert-goers must be at least 21 years of age and have a Wild Rose Player’s Club Card to attend.


The month of August wraps up with the return of the Hog Wild! Wild! Wild! 2009 BBQ Competition, Aug. 28-29. Over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to participants in this non-sanctioned event (loosely based on Kansas City Barbecue Society rules). This year’s categories include chicken, pork, and ribs, and the contest is limited to the first 45 teams to register.

Registration, check-in, and a cooks’ meeting are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, with the BBQ competition planned throughout Saturday, Aug. 29. Three bands (to be announced), an antique car show, and public testing are planned. Those who register by July 20, will receive early registration discounts.

Wild Rose Casino & Resort will have something for everyone this summer.