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Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
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Plymouth County Fairgrounds 500 4th Ave., NE
LeMars , IA 50020
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Type: Indoor - Other

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42nd National Old Time Music Festival

Plymouth County Fairgrounds
Consumer 25,000 125

EVENT DESCRIPTION

This amazing event, now going for 42 years under the direction of the same man who writes and records music for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, is one of the most unique musical events in America.  From the very first one in 1976, Bob Everhart has managed to maintain his deep devotion and passion for the music of the original homesteaders and pioneers who settled this very rural State, perhaps the most rural State in America.  Because of the huge quantity of musical genres in America's settlement, Iowa in particular, Everhart developed a college thesis on how the music came into Iowa.  His theory says it came from Native Americans of course, from the very beginning. To verify this, one of the ten staging areas is a Native American rendezvous located in what appears to be an old pioneer ghost town.  Tipis, food, arts, crafts, storytelling, poetry, and music performed from an unamplified stage in a most intimate surrounding creates an ideal staging locale to make this kind of entertainment.  There's even free food from the Tipi Village stew pot.  Acknowledging Native Americans, Everhart points out that the first European style music came from the East, in covered wagons and horseback, as pioneers came to settle the land and become stewards of the very earth we live upon.  They brought with them their music.  The fiddle was the most popular of their musical instruments, followed closely by small pump organs and acoustic guitars, all of which are presented on no less than ten stages at this festival.  The second wave of settlers came from the North, the  Scandinavians and Germanic, French, Spanish, and Slovokian  settled along the cooler border of northern Iowa, the better to experience their own similar climate from their original home country.  They brought with them piano accordions and button accordions,  zithers and dulcimers and concertinas.  The third wave of settlers came from the South, Cajuns and Creoles from Louisiana, and blacks from all over the South bringing their old-time gospel and Christian spirituals to the heartland.  They brought acoustic guitars, banjos, autoharps and French harps.  And lastly they came from the West, as cowboys drove huge herds of cattle to the then largest stockyards in America,, at Omaha.  They also brought with them their music, cowboy songs, western swing, and even the outlaw country style.  They played it on huge Mexican 12-string guitars, harmonicas, large fiddles, and even ukeleles.  ALL of this incredible music is the gist of this incredible festival.  It's everywhere on ten stages for seven days.  It is performed by music makers from around the world.  They come to entertain, but they also come to be inducted into America's Old Time Music Hall of Fame, or perhaps to receive a "CDk of the Year" award from the Rural Roots Music Commission.  They play the music every opportunity they get, whether it be on the main stage where no less than 2,000 people in the audience admire their abilities, or under a tree jamming with another musician they just met.  It's the true American celebratory way.

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EVENT DETAILS

Primary Industry:
Music and Performing Arts
Other Industries:
Local Shows & Fairs, Music and Performing Arts
Audience:
This audience is rural in nature and older than normal. They are honest sincere people who love old time music, and wonder since 21% of Americans live in rural areas consuming 97% of America's land, and 79% urban people live on 3% of the land WHY isn't America more concerned about the likes and dislikes of rural America, especially in the music they love.
Notes:
All ten of the staging areas at this event is handicap accessible
Show Owner:
National Traditional Country Music Assn.
Sponsorship:

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Booth Details:

Booth Size
Booth Cost
10x10 indoors
$80 for duration
10x20 outdoors
$80 for duration
Amenities
Electricity:
Yes $2 per day used
Water:
Yes
Generator:
No
Marketing Vehicles Allowed:
No
Services
No
Show Owner
National Traditional Country Music Assn.
Show Manager
Bob Everhart

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