DE SMET — Traditional, classic country music is alive and well! With their name taken from the 1971 Lefty Frizzell song, The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys play the country tunes of bygone days. De Smet proudly hosts this group at their Event Center on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. as a part of the Old Settlers Day’s Celebration and the De Smet Area Concert Series.
The band is one of the very few in central Minnesota performing traditional country music in the spirit and sound of the original recordings. Their song list includes classic hits from artists such as: Martina McBride, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and many more as well as some early rock and roll songs.
The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys are one of Minnesota’s top classic country bands and include some of the area’s best musicians. Lead singer Cassie Wiesner is well known throughout the Midwest for her Patsy Cline tribute show with the band Cassie and the Bobs. On guitar is the newest Cowboy, Greg Dopp with over 40 years in the music business and respected throughout the area as one of the best. Keeping the beat is drummer Tony Ray. Tony has been a member of many great Minnesota bands throughout the years including Cassie and the Bobs. He books and promotes live music through his company, Good Clean Fun Productions. Kimber Wolfe holds the low end down on bass guitar. Kimber got her start in country music with the Elkay Band and has since played in a number of rock and blues bands such as Southern Uprising and The Shackshakers.
The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys appeal to young and old crowds alike. Individual tickets are on sale for $18 each. Seating is limited. Tickets will be sold at the door if there are still tickets available. It is recommended to call the De Smet Event Center, 605-854-6060 to find availability and to reserve your ticket.
Celebrate Old Settlers Days in De Smet June 8-9
Enjoy the special events with the unveiling of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life-size bronze sculpture along with the traditional parade and car show at this longest running community celebration in South Dakota.
Old Settlers Days in De Smet, planned the weekend of June 8-9, has been a major event in eastern South Dakota for 129 years.
“Beach Party … Fun in the Sun” is the theme for the large parade that takes place at noon on Saturday. Also included is a street dance with Dustin Evans & Good Times band, car show, pie social, concerts, vendor fair, good food and inflatables and many activities for the kids.
This old “with new”-fashioned festival on De Smet’s historic Main Street brings families and friends together with fun activities for all ages.
The action packed schedule includes:
Saturday, June 8:
• 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Registration for residents who have lived in Kingsbury County for 40 years plus at the Loftus Store
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Show & Shine” Show; Cars/ Motorcycles/ Trucks/ Jeeps – all vehicles welcome; On Second Street; Large Trophies awarded.
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Vendor/Craft Fair, on Second Street; For booth space, contact Melissa Weispfennig at [email protected];
• Noon: Parade: “Beach Party” theme, Everyone welcome to join in - no registration necessary. (Line up begins at 11 a.m. in Wilder Pass, one-half block south of the hospital.). Many awards and ribbons given for floats, vehicles & entrants.
• 1 – 5 p.m., The Fun on Main Street is held: the ever popular “Groove Drum Line,” sponsored by De Smet Farm Mutual, performs after the parade. There are many bouncing inflatables and activities for the kids with all activities free, sponsored by the City of De Smet. Many food booths downtown, and shops and restaurants. City Pool has free admission.
*** Special Event at Laura Ingalls Wilder Society ***
• 2:30 p.m.: Pie Social, Laura Look-a-like contest for all age categories and Pie Contest, followed by unveiling of Laura Ingalls Wilder bronze sculpture; old-fashioned kids activities including barrel train rides; SDSU ice cream; tours available; Old Settlers receive a free tour; For more information, call 605-854-3383 or visit www.discoverlaura.org.
• 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.: De Smet Firemen’s Dance: “Dustin Evans & the Good Times Band” at the De Smet Event Center — fundraiser for the De Smet Volunteer Fire Dept.
Sunday, June 10:
• 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Pancake Feed, American Legion Hall.
• 3 p.m.: “Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys” Concert, De Smet Events Center, Call 605-854-6060 for tickets
For Information about Old Settlers Day or to be a vendor, contact Chad Kruse, 854-3773, email [email protected]; visit www.desmetsd.com